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Soccer Body Opens Bids for Goal-Line Technology at World Cup

Feb. 19 (Bloomberg) -- FIFA, global soccer’s governing body, opened the bidding for companies to supply goalline technology for next year’s World Cup and this year’s warmup competition.

The technology, also known as GLT, helps referees judge whether the ball has crossed the goalline. It was used in December at the Club World Cup, and FIFA wants to avoid controversial mistakes that have occurred in previous competitions.

“The aim is to use GLT in order to support the match officials and to install a system in all stadia, pending the successful installation, and pre-match referee tests,” the governing body said today in an e-mailed statement. “With different technologies on the market, FIFA has launched a tender today, setting out the technical requirements for the two forthcoming competitions in Brazil.”

The systems should be up and running in time for this year’s Confederations Cup, which allows the host country to check its preparations for the World Cup.

In July, the International Football Association Board unanimously approved systems made by Hawk-Eye and GoalRef, which use technology to tell whether the ball has crossed the goal line. The systems will aid officials, who will still base their rulings on what they see on the field.

Referee Mistakes

The IFAB sets the rules for the game, with the U.K.’s four so-called home nations -- England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland -- each having a vote, while the sport’s governing body, FIFA, has four.

A disallowed goal by England’s Frank Lampard against Germany at the 2010 World Cup pushed FIFA President Sepp Blatter to re-examine the issue, two years after the sport’s rule makers decided not to pursue the technology. FIFA had been criticized by fans, players and match officials over its failure to adopt video or computerized ways of monitoring the ball’s flight.

Blatter increased his support for the new technology after Ukraine was denied a goal against England last year in their European Championship group match.

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

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