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.