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Rolfes’ technology company GoalControl wins another cup competition!

After the Portuguese League Cup, Simon Rolfes’ company GoalControl GmbH has also been awarded the contract for the French League Cup by the LFP.


Aachen/Paris 08.01.2018 The German technology company GoalControl - as one of two licensed providers of goal-line technology - has been awarded the contract for the French League Cup from the quarterfinals onwards by the French League Association (LFP). The goal detection system is therefore now being used for both the Portuguese and French League Cups.

Simon Rolfes, as Chairman of GoalControl, sees this as confirmation of the continuous development of the system: “I think the use of technology in soccer is important and makes the sport a bit fairer. A referee cannot 100% correctly assess every situation on the field, because he may have his view obstructed by players in front of him. The fact we have been awarded another competition shows that the current development of our system is bearing fruit.” The system will be used this week in the quarterfinal matches and then through to the final.

The special cup ball has been extensively tested and last week passed the FIFA® FIT and can therefore be used. GoalControl was the first provider to use its goal-line technology at a FIFA® World Cup. GoalControl has now been used in more than 50 different stadiums. The LFP is using the system for league games in Ligue 1 and now also in the League Cup. The system is also used in various stadiums worldwide including the Final Four of the Portuguese League Cup in Braga at the end of this month.

GoalControl again awarded contract for the Portuguese League Cup

Aachen/Porto 11.29.2017 After the successful implementation last year, Liga Portugal has again chosen GoalControl GmbH as its technology partner for the League Cup.

The FIFA® licensed goal-line technology system “GoalControl 4D” will be installed for the final matches of the League Cup, the "Taça da Liga" at the impressive Estádio Muncipal de Braga stadium.

The Portuguese League is again this year relying on goal-line technology from Germany! Following its successful use last year, the league has decided to play the Final Four of the League Cup with goal-line technology.

"The new contract from the Portuguese League confirms our commitment to establishing goal-line technology in all leagues and competitions. In Liga Portugal, we have found an innovative partner who wants to make the sport fairer, but also offer the audience additional services to make the broadcast even more attractive,” said Simon Rolfes, Chairman of GoalControl GmbH.

Managing Director Daniel Marchwinski is looking forward to exciting competitions and hoping to see the goal-line technology used in many situations, "Every replay on TV shows how important the use of technology is and that with the goal-line technology, crucial decisions can be made in a fraction of a second fairly and clearly without interrupting the flow of the game."

The Taça da Liga, officially the bwin Cup, is a competition organized by the Portuguese League which was first held in the 2007/08 season. All 32 clubs in the first and second Portuguese leagues are eligible. The semifinals take place on January 23 & 24 and the final on January 27 in Braga/Portugal.

The goal-line technology system GoalControl-4D, which obtained an official FIFA license in February 2013, has since then been successfully used in international tournaments such as the FIFA Confederations Cup, the FIFA Club World Cup and the previous FIFA World Cup in Brazil, it has supplied various soccer stadiums around the world with its technology and is being used for a third season in the 20 stadiums in France’s Ligue 1.

GoalControl – Successful FIFA Test in France’s Ligue 1

Simon Rolfes drives forward the development of goal-line technology

Aachen/Eschweiler, October 12, 2017 – Positive feedback for GoalControl technology in France: On Friday October 6 in Rennes, world soccer’s governing body FIFA carried out a so-called FIT test (FIFA Installation Test) which confirmed the correct functioning of the goal-line technology system. In the presence of the Scottish laboratory Sports Labs and a delegation of the French league association LFP, the system of Aachen-based GoalControl GmbH was again put through its paces.

“The result of the FIT test is pleasing, but we expected nothing less. The FIFA test vindicates our work. We are constantly working on the technical development of the system, in particular the camera technology and the speed of data transmission,” said Simon Rolfes, who took full control of GoalControl GmbH in the summer of 2017 with his business partner Dr. Markus Elsässer.

French League relies on GoalControl

The GoalControl system has been successfully used in France’s Ligue 1 since the 2015/16 season. GoalControl indicates in real time whether the ball was in the goal or not by sending a signal to the referee’s watch.

Simon Rolfes takes over GoalControl and expands goal-line technology activity

Former national team player Simon Rolfes believes in digitalization in soccer. Rolfes focuses on “Made in Germany” technology: “Aachen is the Silicon Valley of Europe".

Aachen/Eschweiler, 08.21.2017 – Simon Rolfes and his business partner, Dr. Markus Elsässer, have expanded their activities in the area of goal-line technology: Just in time for the 2017/18 soccer season, GoalControl GmbH was in July taken over by the entrepreneurs from Eschweiler with their company S. Rolfes & M. Elsässer Technology GmbH . “Goal-line technology" is already established in the top leagues and interest has also grown in the smaller leagues. GoalControl is one of two companies worldwide that offers this technology and is licensed by world soccer’s governing body FIFA.

“We believe in digitalization in soccer, it will become increasingly important,” said Rolfes. The 35 year old former national team player, who had already acquired shares in GoalControl GmbH in May 2016, attaches great importance to high-performance technology “Made in Germany”: “Aachen is a very interesting engineering location, in a way it is the Silicon Valley of Europe."

French League relies on GoalControl

The GoalControl system has been successfully used in France’s Ligue 1 since the 2015/16 season. “We have taken another big step forward with the system in recent months. We have worked intensively on camera technology and the speed of data transmission. GoalControl indicates to the referee on his watch in real time whether the ball was in the goal or not,” said Rolfes, who pursues ambitious goals: “We have a top product that we are constantly developing further. It is, of course, our goal to become the market leader and also bring GoalControl to the Bundesliga." Daniel Marchwinski, Managing Director of GoalControl is also delighted with the takeover: “I see great opportunities for growth on an international level and in other sports.”

Liga Portugal awards League Cup contract to GoalControl

Eschweiler / Porto. 11.21.2016. Liga Portugal has chosen GoalControl GmbH to provide the Estadio Algarve in Faro/Loulé with its FIFA licensed goal-line technology system “GoalControl-4D” for the forthcoming semifinals and final of the League Cup, the “Taça da Liga”.

The Taça da Liga, officially the bwin Cup, is a competition organized by the Portuguese League which was first held in the 2007/08 season. All 32 clubs in the first and second Portuguese leagues are eligible. The current cup holders and record winners with seven cup wins is Benfica, who is again fighting to win the cup in the final stages of this year’s competition. The semifinals will take place on January 25/26, 2017 and the final on 01.29.2017. “We are pleased to be working with the Portuguese League and that they have placed their trust in us. We see this as confirmation of the reliability of our system technology,” said Simon Rolfes, Managing Director of GoalControl GmbH. With the Estadio Algarve, GoalControl is now equipping a second stadium in Portugal with its goal-line technology after the Estadio Coimbra. The goal-line technology system GoalControl-4D, which obtained an official FIFA license in February 2013, has since then been successfully used in international tournaments such as the FIFA Confederations Cup, the FIFA Club World Cup and the previous FIFA World Cup in Brazil, it has supplied various soccer stadiums around the world with its technology and is being used for a second season in the 20 stadiums in France’s Ligue 1.

Chyronhego and GoalControl enter into strategic partnership

ChyronHego and GoalControl have today announced their strategic partnership in the sports technology market.

LONDON, JUNE 16, 2016

ChyronHego and GoalControl have today announced their strategic partnership in the sports technology market. The aim of the partnership is to use the synergy with their computer vision technology, as well as the joint development of their combined sports tracking and referee support solutions. In addition to the technical cooperation and closer integration of their products and technologies, the companies will also work together operationally in the areas of tracking and referee support, in order to benefit from the mutual sharing of knowledge and experience.

The current GoalControl Chairman Björn Lindner said the following about the partnership: "We are delighted to be working closely with ChyronHego and look forward to exploring many shared visions and driving innovation in the sports technology market. We are convinced that we will be able to achieve some groundbreaking developments in our future work together.”

Ian Wray, ChyronHego Sports Director EMEA commented on the aim of the partnership: "In working alongside GoalControl, we see plenty of synergies in both technical and business areas for expanding our sports technology solutions in the fields of player and ball tracking applications, as well as referee support. By working together in these fields, we strongly believe that we will be able to provide the sports market with some significant new opportunities for our clients in the sports sector, but also other operating services".

Simon Rolfes joins GoalControl

Simon Rolfes, captain of Bayer 04 Leverkusen until the 2015/2016 season and former national team player, has acquired a major interest in the Germany company GoalControl GmbH through his company S. Rolfes & M. Elsässer GmbH. Rolfes assumes the role of Chariman at GoalControl.
The medium-sized company GoalControl from Aachen caused a worldwide sensation with its goal-line technology GoalControl-4D at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, with the first ever goal clearly decided by goal-line technology on the international stage in the group stage match between France and Honduras. GoalControl thus made soccer history and paved the way for further use of goal-line technology: In spring 2015, GoalControl was awarded a long-term contract from the French professional soccer league Ligue1 for equipment and match operations in France.

Simon Rolfes:

“For me personally and for our company, the stake in GoalControl is a forward-looking step. Digitalization is relentlessly forging ahead both in soccer and in other sports. GoalControl is in a strong position. We see excellent growth opportunities here,” said Rolfes. He continued: “The people involved with the dynamic company radiate a positive spirit. This was noticeable from the beginning and in our opinion will make a significant contribution towards its success.”

Dirk Broichhausen:

“In Simon Rolfes, we were able to attract a knowledgeable sportsman to our company and, at the same time, secure a strong basis for the future of GoalControl with his company’s commitment," said CEO Dirk Broichhausen, who will continue to head the company along with the CTO, Dr. Jürgen Philipps. “We had always planned to expand our sporting expertise. In Simon Rolfes, we have an expert coming on board with many achievements within professional soccer and the German national team. He will strengthen us strategically and with his entrepreneurial vision. Simon is an outstanding individual. We are looking forward to working with him,” added Broichhausen.

Dr. Markus Elsässer:

“When we began talks with GoalControl management, we were quickly convinced by the opportunities and concepts. Both Simon and I are very excited. We are impressed by the huge high-tech expertise of the company,” said Dr. Markus Elsässer, co-partner to Rolfes.

About S. Rolfes & M. Elsässer GmbH:

Rolfes & Elsässer - The Career Company is a sports management company founded by former national team soccer player Simon Rolfes and the financial expert Dr. Markus Elsässer. The company specializes in looking after professional soccer players throughout their entire career and acts with an entrepreneurial spirit as an investor in the international sports sector.

About GoalControl GmbH:

GoalControl GmbH in Aachen develops and distributes digital systems for visual real-time analysis and provides the desired contracting models. The team has many years of experience working with camera-based systems. These systems capture, identify and track objects in complex environments, e.g. a football in 3D on a soccer field. In addition to the FIFA licensed goal-line technology GoalControl-4D, which achieved global prominence at the 2014 FIFA Soccer World Cup in Brazil, GoalControl provides new digital system solutions for video evidence, ball and player tracking, and entertainment/online platforms. In GoalControl France SAS, Paris, GoalControl has a 100% owned subsidiary for the French market and sales offices in Great Britain, Brazil, Italy, Spain, Turkey, the UAE, USA and other countries.

December 3, 2015

Review of 2015

Würselen, 11.30.2015. A turbulent and successful year is drawing to an end. The focus of GoalControl’s work this year was the introduction of the goal-line technology “GoalControl-4D” in France’s Ligue 1.
“For us, winning the contract with the French Soccer League was both an outstanding and strategically important success. Our overall package impressed and we are very grateful and proud that the Ligue de Football Professionnel has placed its trust in us for this extremely important project,” said Managing Director Dirk Broichhausen in May. In this context, around 15 new jobs were created – predominantly for the match operations in France.

GoalControl can look back at further groundbreaking results this year.. “The Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium in Kuwait was the first stadium in the Middle East to be fitted with goal-line technology by GoalControl. At the Dell World Conference in Austin, Texas, we were awarded the prize of most innovative startup company by Michael Dell himself. We still have a lot to do and we look forward to starting 2016 with clear goals, drive and technological vision," said Broichhausen.

As the final projects of 2015 are completed, allowing us to spend a peaceful holiday season with family, the violence in many countries around the world casts a shadow over the Advent and Christmas period.

The number of people fleeing fighting, oppression and persecution continues to rise and the cold winter will further exacerbate the situation for refugees. GoalControl GmbH has taken this opportunity to support the regional refugee organization Förderkreis Asyl Würselen e.V. by making a Christmas donation. "Charity is a top priority at Christmas every year. While we are able to spend this joyful period with our loved ones, there are many people currently facing unimaginable circumstances. We want to help these people a little by making a donation to “Förderkreis Asyl Würselen e.V.”,” explains Dirk Broichhausen. The association “Förderkreis Asyl Würselen e.V." was founded on June 19, 2015 to provide financial and organizational support for the volunteers working for and with refugees in Würselen. The nonprofit association’s goal is to fully integrate refugees into our society.

We would like to thank our clients, partners and employees for their collaboration this year. GoalControl GmbH wishes you a happy and peaceful holiday period and a happy, prosperous and healthy new year.

Dirk Broichhausen

Dr. Jürgen Philipps

Ligue 1 chooses GoalControl

Würselen, 05.21.2015. The French League opts for German goal-line technology from GoalControl.

From the forthcoming 2015/2016 season, the French League will rely on the German goal-line technology GoalControl which was successfully used at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. This was announced on 05.21.2015 by the league association LFP following a decision by the administrative board. Ligue 1 has become the first top European league to opt for the system by the company based in Würselen.

“For us, winning the contract with Ligue 1 in France is both an outstanding and strategically important success. Our overall package impressed and we are very grateful and proud that the LFP has placed its trust in us for this extremely important project,” said Dirk Broichhausen, Managing Director of GoalControl GmbH, who also highlights the future prospects of this contract: "The goal-line technology is the first step. We still have a lot to do and welcome the fact that the LFP is backing our enthusiasm for innovation and has clearly demonstrated technological vision."

The GoalControl project team - consisting of new employees who are native French speakers - has started work and is already in the process of implementing the project tasks. “We are now looking for new, competent, soccer-mad employees in many areas, such as in software/system development and match operations. Good French language skills are of course important," said Broichhausen.

Bundesliga introduces goal-line technology – GoalControl welcomes the landmark decision

The Bundesliga clubs have voted by a majority in favor of introducing goal-line technology from the 2015/2016 season – GoalControl welcomes this important step, but is disappointed to have not been awarded the contract.

At the general meeting of the League Association, Bundesliga clubs and companies voted in favor of introducing goal-line technology for the 2015/2016 season by 15 to 3. GoalControl GmbH also participated in the open, transparent and non-discriminatory tendering process by the League Association – but the contract was ultimately awarded to a competitor.

“We are delighted that the Bundesliga has opted for the forward-looking introduction of goal-line technology,” said Dirk Broichhausen, Managing Director of GoalControl GmbH. “The imminent introduction of the technology to the league of the world champions will certainly send out a strong message internationally. Since the decision made by IFAB in 2012, we have been convinced that the technology will prevail in the world’s major leagues and be widely used. We wish our competitors every success in their work with the Bundesliga over the next 3 years!"

“Of course, as a German company, we are very disappointed to not have been awarded the contract, but fully respect the decision of the responsible DFL committees and expressly thank them for the constructive dialogue at all times and the professional implementation of the intense tendering process,” added Broichhausen.

“We will, of course, continue to maintain a strong presence and strive toward future tenders and league operations with our system that proved itself at the World Cup.” The “GoalControl-4D" system, which obtained the official FIFA license in February 2013, has been successfully used at international tournaments such as the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, 2013 FIFA Club World Cup and at the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ and will on behalf of world soccer’s governing body also support referees at the upcoming 2014 FIFA Club World Cup from December 10 in Morocco.

2014 FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco to again use goal-line technology from GoalControl

Continuity at major international tournaments – GoalControl commissioned by FIFA to provide goal-line technology for the fourth time.

World soccer’s governing body FIFA has commissioned GoalControl GmbH with its camera-based system “GoalControl-4D” to provide goal-line technology for the upcoming 2014 FIFA Club World Cup Morocco. It is the fourth time that the company from Würselen will provide goal-line technology at a major international FIFA tournament.

“We are delighted to continue our collaboration and with the trust FIFA has shown in us. We see this as clear acknowledgement of our performance and the reliability of our system technology,” said Dirk Broichhausen, Managing Director of GoalControl GmbH. Following the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, world soccer’s governing body was extremely satisfied with the use of goal-line technology (GLT) and considered the collaboration with the German system provider to be very positive. The system was used in all 64 matches, making soccer history.

This year’s Club World Cup takes place in Morocco from December 10-20 in two stadiums in Marrakesh and Rabat, where GoalControl has already begun with the system installations. A total of seven clubs from all the continental confederations will take part in 8 matches to determine the successor to Bayern Munich who won the title last year also in Morocco. The 2014 UEFA Champions League winners, Real Madrid, enter the tournament in the first semifinal as the European representatives.

The “GoalControl-4D” system, which obtained the official FIFA license in February 2013, has since been successfully used at international tournaments such as the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, 2013 FIFA Club World Cup and the 2014 FIFA World Cup™.

GoalControl-4D successfully used in Brazil

FIFA and GoalControl deliver positive verdict on the use of goal-line technology at the 2014 FIFA World Cup™

World soccer’s governing body FIFA is extremely satisfied with the use of goal-line technology (GLT) and delivered a positive review two weeks after the tournament ended. With the camera-based system GoalControl-4D, the technology enjoyed a successful debut at the FIFA World Cup™. GLT was successfully used in all 64 matches at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™.

The acid test was in the match between France and Honduras when the referee awarded a goal assisted by the technology. It helped the match officials with other controversial moments, in particular Bryan Ruiz’s goal for Costa Rica against Italy which brought back memories of Frank Lampard’s shot from 2010. The GLT was also used for overtime and penalty shootouts and therefore recorded the penalty by Dutch defender Ron Vlaar in the semifinal against Argentina. If Vlaar’s shot had crossed the line, the system would have subsequently indicated a goal to the referee, even though this would ultimately have been irrelevant because the shot had already been completed when the ball touched the shoulder of the player on the line after the goalkeeper had saved the shot.

Spectators in the stadium and at home were also able to benefit from the technology. Controversial moments were replayed and resolved with “Goal” or “No Goal”. Seven other crucial incidents were also clearly resolved.

Dirk Broichhausen, Managing Director of GoalControl GmbH commented on its successful use: “The fact we were able to demonstrate the performance, reliability and added value of our system for the referee and spectators in at least 10 situations has helped the world understand the benefits of the technology and convinced many people. This was made clear to us by the unbelievable response and international inquiries during and after the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014™. I am proud of the team, some of whom did a great job in Brazil for several months and would like to once again thank FIFA officials for the confidence they have shown in GoalControl."

These are exciting times for GoalControl because many projects will be decided on in the coming months. “We are doing our utmost to continue the successes of the World Cup in other tournaments and leagues too. As Germany, we are soccer world champions, GoalControl is the system from the country of the world champions. “Made in Germany” has impressed once again and represents the future,” said Broichhausen.

FIFA certified goal-line technology installed in Germany for the first time

El Tivoli Stadion de Aquisgrán ya cuenta con la certificación "FIFA Quality PRO"

The TIVOLI Stadium in Aachen has held the “FIFA Quality PRO" quality mark since April 14 for the goal-line system “GoalControl-4D" which has been installed in the modern arena. The home of Alemannia Aachen is the first stadium in Germany with a FIFA certified goal-line technology installation!

In March 2014, Würselen-based GoalControl GmbH undertook various preparatory work with a view to the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup™ in Brazil – as part of this, the Tivoli in Aachen was able to receive official certification without the Regionalliga club having to incur any costs.

With the International Football Association (IFAB) approving the inclusion of goal-line technology (GLT) in the rules in June 2012, final installation tests and the associated certification are now prerequisites for holding official competitive matches that use goal-line technology in the respective stadium. These mandatory tests, conducted and approved by the accredited British institute Labosport Ltd and supervised by world soccer’s governing body FIFA, were successfully completed in March 2014 in the TIVOLI Stadium which was newly opened in 2009. The Aachen stadium now meets the same GLT standards as the arenas at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™. For the technology to also be used in regular match operation, e.g. Alemannia’s Regionalliga matches, it needs to be established in the competition rules. The club and company will contact the relevant associations in this regard.

Around 30 stadiums worldwide currently have the “FIFA Quality PRO” standard. “We are proud that our ´TIVOLI´ is a leading pioneer among German soccer stadiums,” said Alemannia CEO Alexander Mronz. In recent months, the Regionalliga club and Alemannia Stadion GmbH have always been open to the innovations of GoalControl GmbH, as well as actively assisting the installation at the stadium in Aachen.

GoalControl Managing Director Dirk Broichhausen: “As a technology company in the Aachen region, we are in the immediate vicinity of a traditional soccer stronghold with the Tivoli in Aachen. That’s why it was a logical step to equip our visitor, training and development center at the TIVOLI Stadion.” This should drive further innovations in the area of camera-based analysis and entertainment systems for the sport. “We will also certainly be able to welcome soccer decision-makers from the world’s top leagues to Aachen in the near future. They will want to convince themselves of the performance and added value of goal-line technology for clubs through our “GoalControl-4D" system on site," added Broichhausen.

On October 10, 2013, world soccer’s governing body FIFA announced GoalControl GmbH in Würselen as the provider of goal-line technology for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™. The company will install its “GoalControl-4D” system, based on 7 high-speed cameras on each side of the goal, in all 12 venues in Brazil for the most important and world’s biggest soccer tournament (June 12 – July 13, 2014) and ensure smooth operation.

GoalControl and Vilati sign GLT contract for the new FTC Stadium in Budapest

Goal-line technology system GoalControl-4D to be launched in Hungary

GoalControl GmbH in Würselen has signed a contract for the supply and installation of its goal-line technology system “GoalControl-4D” with the Hungarian building services supplier “Vilati”, a subsidiary of the construction company “market”, the general contractor for construction of the new FTC Stadium in Budapest.

The state-of-the-art arena, which opened in March 2013, lies on the grounds of the old Albert Flórián Stadium in the Hungarian capital and is traditionally the home of Ferencváros Budapest. It will be equipped with the latest technology in all respects – including a goal-line technology system. The new stadium, which has four covered stands with 22,600 seats and 29 VIP boxes, will be completed in the second half of 2014.

“We are very proud to have taken a first step in the Hungarian market, becoming the provider for the FTC Stadium and equipping this wonderful new arena," said Dirk Broichhausen, Managing Director of GoalControl GmbH, which is currently also in talks with the Budapest first division club Ferencváros (currently coached by the German Thomas Doll).

The FIFA licensed system from GoalControl completely convinced the client – Emil Gangoly from Vilati AG: “We deliberately chose GoalControl-4D because it was important to us to have an innovative system provider for our prestigious project. GoalControl has been chosen by FIFA as the systems solution for the 2014 World Cup. This decision was the main reason for us. We have also got to know GoalControl over the last few months and found them to be very competent dialog partners for the project management. Mutual trust is very important to us."

GoalControl wins Contract for the FIFA World Cup 2014

Goal-line technology at most important football tournament in the world

The world football association FIFA announced on 10 October that they have awarded GoalControl GmbH, Würselen, the contract to provide the equipment for goal-line technology at the FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil™. The company will install its ‚GoalControl-4D' system based on 14 high speed cameras in all 12 venues in Brazil for the most important and biggest football tournament in the world (12th June to the 13th July 2014) and will thus ensure everything runs absolutely smoothly.

‚GoalControl-4D' was already put into operation at the FIFA Confederations Cup 2013 and showed how effective it was during the 16 games in six stadiums and proved itself whilst being monitored on a continuous basis by those responsible at FIFA. Dirk Broichhausen, the MD at GoalControl GmbH said: ‚we are very happy that all the match officials were convinced by our system and that we could come to an agreement with FIFA to continue working together. We were able to gain valuable experience on location in the host country Brazil during the ConfedCup and we are looking forward to continue working together with FIFA and all those involved in the stadiums in Brazil.'

Every system will be thoroughly tested by an independent test institute after it has been successfully installed to make sure that the quality is always of the highest standard. In addition, the match officials will carry out a system control test before every World Cup game. Together the timings and installation plans for a successful goal line technology at the FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil™ will be agreed upon.

2013 FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco to also use goal-line technology from GoalControl

A first for a German club

In addition to the contract award for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™, FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke today also announced that the goal-line system “GoalControl-4D” will also be used at the 2013 FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco (December 11-21, 2013).

The tournament, which also includes UEFA Champions League winners Bayern Munich as the first German club to play an official competitive match with goal-line technology, takes place at stadiums in Marrakesh and Agadir. World soccer’s governing body is focusing on continuity by using the new technology which has been allowed in international soccer since it was approved by IFAB on July 5, 2012. “We are looking forward to this special soccer event, we are delighted with the trust FIFA has shown in us and that we will be working together in the coming weeks and months. There will certainly be a special atmosphere in Morocco. The fact that Bayern Munich will be the first Bundesliga team to participate in a match with goal-line technology makes this tournament a historic event," said Dirk Broichhausen, Managing Director of GoalControl GmbH.

The “GoalControl-4D” system, which obtained the official FIFA license in February 2013, is based on 14 high-speed cameras which are positioned around the field and aligned with both goals. The position of the ball is continuously and automatically recorded in three dimensions (X, Y and Z coordinates) when the ball is near the goal line. When the ball has completely crossed the goal line, the central control unit sends an encrypted signal to the referee’s watch in less than a second.

Successful use at FIFA Confederations Cup - promising debut for GoalControl

Positive verdict for "GoalControl-4D"

Over the past two weeks, the system, which is based on 14 high-speed cameras and works in cooperation with the GoalRef™ watch system, has proved its worth in its first outing at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil. “Our system correctly displayed every goal in the tournament as well as the strikes during the penalty shootouts in the Spain - Italy semifinal and the 3rd place playoff match," reported Dirk Broichhausen, Managing Director of GoalControl GmbH, who attended the final on Sunday evening in Rio. The functionality of “GoalControl-4D" was constantly monitored by FIFA officials at the 16 matches in six stadiums. “We are looking forward to the FIFA World Cup next year," said Broichhausen.

The replay function of “GoalControl-4D”, which allows the path of the ball and the time it crosses the goal line to be accurately tracked, also enjoyed a successful debut in Brazil. In the 3rd place playoff match, Astori was identified as the actual goalscorer of the goal that gave Italy a 1-0 lead. Further advantages of GoalControl: Outstanding flexibility – it can be played with standard balls, goals and goal nets.

Broichhausen above all thanked his team that was on site and prepared the system: "When you are away from home for up to 9 weeks and you see the outstanding results, this makes you particularly proud. Everyone did an excellent job.

Broichhausen also praised the collaboration with world soccer’s governing body FIFA: “We felt like part of the FIFA family from the very beginningBroichhausen también alaba la colaboración con la Federación Internacional de Fútbol Asociación FIFA. "Desde el principio nos hemos sentido parte de la familia de la FIFA. Independientemente de las cuestiones y los temas que se trataron, el trabajo en equipo y los sistemas de toma de decisiones funcionaron a la perfección. No se vio a GoalControl solo como un proveedor contractual para un servicio, sino como a un socio de igual valía integrado. Esto nos motiva y alegra muchísimo".. Regardless of the question or issue, teamwork and effective decision-making processes worked extremely well. GoalControl was not only seen as a contracted service provider, but a committed and valuable partner. This motivates us enormously and makes us happy."

GoalControl will now increasingly focus on both national leagues and associations, their league operations and cup competitions. Because of the pleasingly large number of interested parties, predominantly league associations and soccer teams, we can progress step by step.

“We will recruit more personnel at a national and international level so that we are even better positioned both in technical and administrative/organizational areas,” said Broichhausen.

GoalControl awarded FIFA contract for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup

"Goal-line technology on the verge of an international breakthrough"

FIFA has awarded GoalControl GmbH in Würselen the contract to provide goal-line technology for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil with its goal-line system "GoalControl-4D" and the watch system in cooperation with GoalRefTM. The 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup takes place from 06.15.2013-06.30.2013 in the Brazilian cities of Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, Fortaleza, Belo Horizonte, Salvador and Recife.

“We are, of course, very happy with this decision," said GoalControl Managing Director Dirk Broichhausen, “and we are looking forward to a fantastic host country and helping goal-line technology make its international breakthrough. Brazil really is something special in many respects: it is home to the record-breaking world champions, international soccer greats come from Brazil. But Brazil is in transition. Even though the country has undergone fantastic economic development in recent years, many problems such as poverty are yet to be resolved. Brazilian soccer represents both hope and leisure to many people."

The GoalControl-4D system, which obtained the official FIFA license in February 2013, is based on 14 high-speed cameras which are positioned around the field and aligned with both goals. The position of the ball is continuously and automatically recorded in three dimensions (X, Y and Z coordinates) when the ball is near the goal line. When the ball has completely crossed the goal line, the central control unit sends an encrypted signal to the referee’s watch in less than a second. “Our unique selling point is the outstanding flexibility and accuracy. Existing goals with white nets can still be used and GoalControl-4D can be played with any standard ball," said GoalControl Managing Director Dirk Broichhausen. Camera images of goal incidents can be optionally recorded. This allows match highlights to be analyzed later. GoalControl-4D also has a powerful tool in the referee’s watch with the GoalRefTM watch system. “GoalControl and GoalRef stands for strong Made in Germany cooperation with excellent solutions expertise,” added Dirk Broichhausen.

GoalControl is FIFA licensed

GoalControl GmbH in Würselen has obtained the FIFA license for its goal-line system "GoalControl-4D".

The GoalControl-4D system is based on 14 high-speed cameras which are positioned around the field and aligned with both goals. The position of the ball is continuously and automatically recorded in three dimensions (X, Y and Z coordinates) when the ball is near the goal line. When the ball has completely crossed the goal line, the central control unit sends an encrypted signal to the referee’s watch in less than a second. GoalControl-4D has an unprecedented level of accuracy of 5mm and therefore remains clearly below the accuracy requirements of +/- 3 cm. "With GoalControl-4D, leagues, clubs and tournament organizers are opting for outstanding flexibility because the existing goal and white nets can still be used. It can also be played with any standard ball. For the goal, grass and ball: no modifications or changes are required. This makes life easier for stadium management and groundskeepers. We have placed great emphasis on very simple operation," said GoalControl Managing Director Dirk Broichhausen. Camera images of goal incidents can be optionally recorded. This allows match highlights to be analyzed later.

After successfully completing the test series carried out at the Esprit Arena in Düsseldorf and the Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen in February 2013, GoalControl GmbH and FIFA have now signed a license agreement. “We are delighted with this historic success and look forward to being able to make soccer fairer,” said GoalControl Managing Director and Shareholder Dirk Broichhausen.

The licensed goal-line system GoalControl-4D can now be used worldwide for official matches, soccer leagues and tournaments. GoalControl is also participating in the tender to provide the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil with goal-line systems.

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