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.