IFAB to assess goal-line technologies

Companies have been asked to present their goal-line technologies to the International Football Association Board (IFAB), which now plans to assess their effectiveness.

The decision to re-open the discussions concerning goal-line technology was made during an IFAB meeting on Wednesday this week at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales.

But, the board added, systems selected for further consideration would apply only to the goal line to determine whether a goal had been scored or not. IFAB also said that such systems should be capable of automatically confirming within one second whether a goal had been scored. That information would then only be communicated to match officials.

A deadline of the end of November 2010 was set for companies to present their technologies to FIFA.

A proposed testing period will then take place with a selected number of systems, prior to the IFAB Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 4-6 March 2011, when the next steps of the process will be determined.