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England to host 'Hawk-eye' goal line technology at Wembley


By Jemma Tappenden
May 24 2012

England will play host to a very special guest during their 2012 Euro build up friendly game against Belgium a week on Saturday.  'Hawk-eye', the goal line technology that has been subject to debate yet again this season, will be used during the game, in what will be its biggest test to date before a vote to decide whether it should be used permanently takes place on 2nd July.

However, the goal line technology that could see an end to controversial decisions, will not actually be used by the match officials at Wembley. The data will be analysed however, and will become the most prominent test of its use before a final decision in made on 2nd July.

A FIFA spokesman said: "Goalline technology will be tested at Wembley when England play host to Belgium on Saturday 2 June.  Such tests, along with those being conducted for the GoalRef system in Denmark, could lead to the International Football Association Board approving the introduction of GLT at its special meeting at the beginning of July."

Hawk-eye works with a series of six cameras in each goal.  They then calculate the triangulation of the ball to determine whether or not it has crossed the line.  A radio signal will then be sent to the referee to alert him that the ball has crossed the line.  Of course, if the ball has not crossed the line no radio signal is triggered.  In comparison GoalRef works with a microchip inside the ball and low magnetic waves around the goal, with any change in the field on or behind the goalline determining if a goal has been scored.  Both systems work in less than a second, which is a fundamental requirement of FIFAs. 

The call for goal line technology has increased over the last 12 months, with several key moments highlighting the need for better decisions to be made; such as Clint Hill's header that clearly crossed the line when Queens Park Rangers lost 2-1 to Bolton Wanderers on 10 March 2012 (pictured above).  Systems such as Hawk-eye could see an end to poor decisions, which in themselves are nothing new.  Geoff Hurst's second goal in England's 4-2 win over West Germany which won the 1966 World Cup is still debated today.

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