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New goal technology intends to determine a true goal once and for all

posted 7 Jun 2012, 12:52 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 7 Jun 2012, 12:53 ]

German scientists from Fraunhofer Institute hope their work on goal line technology will determine a true goal once and for all

Was it a goal or was it not? Football fans have been arguing over this forever, friends have fallen out, entire nations have been split over this question.
But now scientists from the Fraunhofer institute say that they have developed a method to give the conclusive answer.

GoalRef a low frequency radio system is based on magnetic fields and can detect whether the ball completely crossed the line or not. Very often the referees cannot see this properly and decide quickly and that leads more often than not to incorrect decisions.

"Today we are testing the GoalRef system," the Fraunhofer Institute scientist on the project Rene Duenker, told Reuters on Thursday (June 7) during the presentation of GoalRef in Nuremberg.

"If the ball passes the goal line the magnetic field will change and then we can detect it's a goal and the goal information will transmit wirelessly to the referee."

FIFA spokesman Alex Stone added: "Well, this test process started last September. Actually, the test process for the whole test will finish tomorrow then there will be a special meeting in Zurich on the 5th of July and the the IFAB (International Football Association Board) has to decide simply if they will support the introduction of goal line technology or not."

The IFAB (International Football Association Board), the organization which decides about football rules, tested eight different goal line technologies last year alone. Two of them made it to the stage of closer inspection, GoalRef being one of them.