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Soccer Rule Makers Will Review Goal-Line Technology Again

Oct. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Soccer’s rule-setting body will again review goal-line technology after referees missed several scores during the most-recent World Cup tournament and in league matches.

The International Football Association Board, which frames the sport’s laws, wants to find an accurate system that will determine whether the ball has passed over the goal line within a second of the incident, the group said today in an e-mailed statement. The technology will only focus on scoring situations, and officials will get the indication of whether a goal has been scored, the IFAB said after a meeting in Wales.

Technology companies have until the end of November to present their products to soccer governing body FIFA. Following a testing period with a “selected number of companies,” the IFAB will discuss the issue at a meeting March 4-6.

FIFA said in March that the “door is closed” on the use of technology such as video. The governing body decided to re-examine the issue after a number of incidents at this year’s World Cup in South Africa.

England’s Frank Lampard had a goal disallowed in a 4-1 loss to Germany, even though television replays showed his shot had crossed the line. Later that day, Argentina’s Carlos Tevez scored a controversial goal, which the referee allowed to stand. Television replays, as well as the video screen in the stadium, showed Tevez in an offside position.

To contact the reporter on this story: Bob Bensch in London at bbensch@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net.

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