Goal line tech companies put pressure on Fifa

If only Frank Lampard's effort, that clearly crossed the line, would have counted. Not only would England have gone on to match that famous result in 1966 by beating the Germans 4-2, they would have also, undoubtedly, thrashed the Argentinians in the quarters, dispatched of Spain in the semis and given Brazil a footballing lesson in the final.

If only there was goal line technology in place, then surely the supreme talent of the golden generation would have been realised in glorious fashion.

Well, they'd have possibly gone in at half time at 2-2, at least. Although there were still five minutes left of the first half though, so that's not necessarily true, when you consider just how bad at defending England are.

But goal line technology (GLT) doesn't look like it's coming anytime soon, Fifa is just not interested despite rival companies saying that they have the technology in place already. Coincidentally, the two biggest players in the GLT field are from England and Germany.

First up from England is the Hawk-Eye system that is used in both cricket and tennis already. The Hawk-Eye team says that it could set up six cameras around the goal that could be programmed to see the ball as the "object of interest" rather than the players. 

The cameras would be able to accurately detect if the ball crosses the line and a beep would be heard on the referee's radio if a legitimate goal was scored.

Paul Hawkins, who developed the Hawk-Eye system, said: "There is no question that it works and the game will be better for it". 

"In terms of cost, just look at tennis. They have firms - such as Rolex - sponsoring their system. I have no doubt football teams will be able to do the same".

The German system is from a company called Cairos. It uses the microchip method, whereby a chip is inserted into a football and some cables are fitted underneath the penalty area, creating a magnetic field.

The microchip detects this magnetic field and relays the balls location to a pair of receivers. If the ball crosses the goal line then a signal is raised to the referee.

"We are using technology that is 100 per cent accurate and adds fairness to the game", Christian Holzer of Cairos said.

The chip is fitted right into the centre of the ball, and weighs just 15g. Footballs used in the modern game weigh between 400-450g.

"We've played hundreds of matches to see if it had any effect - including blind tests - and there was none", Holzer said.

The debate about GLT isn't new, it's been running for a few years now. How do you guys feel? Would it kill the flow of the beautiful game or would it stop big errors being made with only a few seconds delay? Give us your thoughts below.



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