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Goal-line technology could be used in the Premier League as early as the start of the 2012-13 season.

The law-making International Football Association Board will rule in March 2012 on whether to approve the system.

If it gets the green light then Fifa boss Sepp Blatter says leagues can use it from the start of the 2012-13 season, if "accurate and affordable".

Premier League boss Richard Scudamore has said England's top flight will use it as soon as it is allowed.

Blatter added that goal-line technology could also be used at the 2014 World Cup.

The Fifa chief opposed goal-line technology for years and appeared to have ended the debate on its future in March 2010.


•Pedro Mendes - Man Utd 0-0 Tottenham, 2006 Premier League

•Jonathan Howard - Chesterfield 3-3 Middlesbrough, 1997 FA Cup semi-final

•John Eustace - Watford 2-2 Reading, 2008 Championship

•Frank Lampard - England 1-4 Germany, 2010 World Cup

•Sir Geoff Hurst - England 4-2 West Germany, 1966 World Cup final

However, the Swiss re-opened it after Frank Lampard had a legitimate goal ruled out in England's 4-1 World Cup defeat by Germany later that year.

Blatter later apologised for the officials' error, saying it was unforgivable and that it had changed his mind on the matter.

Fifa is talking to nine potential suppliers who are conducting tests to meet strict criteria including being 100 per cent sure within a single second whether the ball has crossed the line. Private trials of different systems of goal-line technology are taking place this year, with the international board to make its decision in March 2012.

If the body approves a system, it will then be brought into law on 1 July 2012.

Blatter was speaking at a news conference in Brazil ahead of Saturday's qualifying draw for the 2014 World Cup, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro.

He also said that it was yet to be decided whether the recent experiment of using two additional referees behind the goal-line, which has been trialled in Europa League games, would be "installed as a general rule".

The experiment will be reviewed further in July 2012 after the European Championships in Poland and Ukraine.


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Premier League to introduce goal-line technology next season

Goal-line technology will be introduced in the Premier League next season.

The technology was successfully trialled by Fifa at the 2012 Club World Cup and the Premier League says it is in advanced talks with two unnamed providers.

"We're working on the basis of having goal-line technology in place for the start of the season," said Premier League spokesman Dan Johnson.

"All clubs will have to have the system, including those promoted."

Hawk-Eye and GoalRef were both used at last year's Club World Cup, but the Premier League has not named the companies it is in talks with.

League chiefs say they will choose a system based on cost and how easy the system is to implement and use.

Johnson added that Premier League clubs would not be able to opt out of using goal-line technology but insisted the system would not be too expensive for the 20 teams.

Fifa has already said it plans to use the technology at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

A meeting of the International Football Association Board (IFAB), the game's law-making body, in Edinburgh on Saturday will be told the first use of the technology was a resounding success.

That report will be the final green light needed for the systems to be used in professional leagues.


watched this a couple days ago, if it's gonna work similarly I'm happy with that


still, moments like these are hilarious




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