FIFA to pick German GLT firm for 2014 World Cup if passes trial in Confederations Cup

London, Apr 3 (ANI): Football governing body FIFA will choose German firm GoalControl to provide goal-line technology (GLT) system for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil if it proves successful during its trial at the 16-match Confederations Cup this summer.

The German company's camera-based, ball-tracking system GoalControl-4D, which uses 14 high-speed cameras located around the pitch and directed at both goals, was selected ahead of three other companies, GoalRef, Cairos and the British-based Hawk-Eye, Sky News reports.

Explaining about the selection of GoalControl among the other three companies, FIFA stated that the decision to choose the company was based on the criteria relating more specifically to the tournaments in Brazil even though all four companies had previously met the stringent technical requirements of the FIFA quality programme.

FIFA further stated that the decision was also boosted by the company's ability to adapt to local conditions and the compatibility of each GLT system in relation to FIFA match operations, adding that the respective bids were also judged on cost and project management factors.

However, the FIFA said that the use of GoalControl-4D in Brazil will be tested finally at each stadium where the system will be installed.

Hawk-Eye is already used in tennis and cricket and its English parent company was bought by World Cup sponsor Sony Corp before it began FIFA-endorsed testing in 2011.

Football's rule-making panel approved GLT last July, the report added. (ANI)

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