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FIFA announces introduction of goal-line technology

World football's governing body has stated that goal-line technology will be introduced at the 2012 Club World Cup in Tokyo

FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has announced that goal-line technology has been given approval by football's law-making body international football association board (Ifab).

Following nine months of testing in England, Germany, Hungary and Italy, at a special meeting in Zurich on 5 July, Ifab decided to introduce goal-line technology into football.

Of the eight companies that took part in the first round of tests, only two systems – Hawk-Eye and GoalRef – successfully completed the process and can now apply to become FIFA goal-line technology licensees.

Goal-line technology was approved unanimously by Ifab and will be used for the first time at the 2012 Club World Cup in Japan in December.

Once the system has been installed in a stadium, it undergoes a final inspection to check its functionality. The results of the final installation test must be accepted by the competition organizer, club or stadium operator, before the system can be put into operation.

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