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.