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Goal-line technology to be tested

May 24, 2012
By ESPN staff

FIFA has announced goal-line technology is to be tested at England's friendly against Belgium at Wembley on June 2.

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The Hawkeye system will be installed at the national stadium for the match, which will be Roy Hodgson's first home game in charge of England.

The referee in charge of the friendly will not be privy to the results of the system, as only scientists will be monitoring its findings.

If the tests prove successful, the go-ahead for technology is expected to be given on July 2, having previously been tested during the Hampshire FA Senior Cup final at Southampton's St Mary's Stadium on May 16.

Another system, named GoalRef, is being trialled in the Danish Super League. All the tests are being monitored by officials from EMPA, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology.

FIFA said in a statement: "Such tests could lead to the International Football Association Board (IFAB) approving the introduction of GLT at its special meeting at the beginning of July.

"Only the EMPA observers, IFAB and FIFA representatives at Wembley will have access to the GLT system readings.

"Therefore, should a goal-line incident occur at this or any of the 'test' matches, the system will not be utilised by the match officials. It means the GLT system will have no influence on the outcome of the matches in which the system is being tested.

"FIFA would like to place on record its sincere thanks to the Football Association for their willingness to support the live match tests, a critical part of Test Phase 2 for goal-line technology."