Goal-line technology will be given a high-profile testing ground when England hosts Belgium at Wembley on June 2 as part of its UEFA Euro 2012 preparations.
Hawk-Eye technology will feature in the final friendly played by Roy Hodgson’s side ahead of the tournament, but its readings will not be available to match officials during the game. Independent testers EMPA will observe the system along with representatives from the International Football Association Board (IFAB) and FIFA. This latest development follows on from previous testing during the Hampshire FA Senior Cup final at St Mary’s Stadium, Southampton on May 16.
The trials are being conducted alongside tests of the GoalRef system in Denmark. If the trials prove successful the IFAB could approve the introduction of goal-line technology at its special meeting on July 2, where a final decision on the subject is set to be made by the game’s rule-making body. The IFAB in March reduced the number of companies bidding to implement the initiative to two, rejecting six devices to leave those put forward by Hawk-Eye and GoalRef.
A statement from FIFA read: “FIFA would like to place on record its sincere thanks to The Football Association for their willingness to support the live match tests, a critical part of test phase two for goal-line technology. The phase two test results will be provided to the IFAB in order for a definitive decision on the use of GLT (goal-line technology).”
Wembley set for goal-line technology trial