FA, Premier League and Arsene Wenger welcome introduction of goalline technology for new English season
LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (AUGUST 8, 2013) (FA TV) - A text message saying "goal" sent to the referee's watch will end disputes over whether the ball has crossed the line in the English Premier League this season.
Dubbed Goal Decision System (GDS) and developed by British company Hawk-Eye, the system promises to give referees a ruling within a second, their watch buzzing to tell them when a ball has gone in.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, intrigued by a demonstration of the new technology on his home pitch on Thursday, supported its introduction.
"People speak always about the financial implications, but for me that is secondary, the most important thing is to make the right decision," said the Frenchman.
There were 31 disputed goalline calls in the 380 Premier League matches last season and referees got them right in all but three cases, officials said.
Hawk-Eye, owned by Japanese group Sony, is familiar to British sports fans through its use in tennis and cricket.
This summer's cricket series between England and Australia has been overshadowed by a series of arguments relating to the use of technology in the Decision Review System to help umpires make the correct calls.
However Hawkeye expect no such controversy when it comes to football.
"Seven cameras looking into each goal all of them are able to automatically track the ball," said managing director Paul Hawkins when asked to explain how the system will work.
"You combine the tracking information from all the cameras together to know where the ball is in in 3-D so as the ball is within the goal. We know that as soon as the ball crosses the pane of the goal it immediately sends a signal to the referee's watch in under a second."
"We work well with the Premier League on a number of fronts and this is something we have been unified on for many, many years," said Horne. "With Hawkeye we have been testing this with the Premier League, and we have been testing this at Wembley."
Scudamore added: "Obviously they (The FA) represent us at FIFA and they represent us around the world, and therefore they were keen to promote and encourage, in the face of some resistance as well within football, and they have come along with us and it is nice that they are able to use it at the weekend in the Community Shield and again with England and Scotland, so it is good."
A disputed goal is part of English soccer folklore after Geoff Hurst's shot crashed down from the underside of the bar and was ruled to have crossed the line during England's 4-2 World Cup final victory over West Germany in 1966.