Technology systems

Ten goal-line tech systems to try

BERN, (Reuters) – Football decision makers will consider test results on 10 different goal-line technology systems at their annual meeting in Cardiff next month.

Stray dogs and player tights will also be on the agenda of the International Football Association Board on March 5, but tech will no doubt get all the attention after the issue was reignited during the FIFA Cup. world last year.

The IFAB rejected the use of goal-line systems a year ago, but the debate was reignited by England’s disallowed goal in the World Cup second round match against Germany, when replays showed the ball clearly crossing the line.

FIFA said yesterday that the proposed systems would be tested next week by Zurich-based research institute EMPA.

The use of video technology, which could help the referee decide on a handball or offside decision, will not be discussed in Cardiff.

The IFAB will hear an update on the so-called five-umpire experience – which includes an additional linesman behind each goal and is being touted as an alternative to using goal-line technology – and the possibility of use it at Euro 2012.

UEFA President Michel Platini is a fervent supporter.

The meeting agenda includes seven relatively minor proposed rule changes, ranging from the color of players’ tights to the unlikely event of the ball bursting when a penalty is taken.

The law governing players’ equipment currently states that “if undershorts are worn, they must be the same main color as the shorts”.

The new version inserts the word ‘tights’ after the undershorts and, if adopted, could avoid controversies like last year’s involving Bayern Munich’s Dutch winger Arjen Robben, who wore gray long johns under his red kit.

The IFAB also wants to give referees clearer guidance on how to deal with stray dogs, unofficial balls and other objects on the pitch.

A proposed change could prevent unscrupulous coaches from disrupting play by having spare balls thrown downfield while the opposition is attacking, a tactic that has been used in South America.