Sony's Hawk-Eye chosen as Premier League goal-line technology, for all clubs by start of next season
The Premier League will be using goal-line technology at all clubs in the top tier of English football next season and has chosen the Sony-owned Hawk Eye to provide it.
Unlike world football governing body FIFA, which will be using German firm GoalControl GmbH's technology at the Confederations Cup in Brazil, the Premier League has opted for the British system also used in cricket and tennis.
Hawk Eye has won the contract to fit the tech in all 20 clubs in the top division, which will be used through all matches in the 2013/14 season, which kicks off on Saturday 17 August. It will be the first time goal-line technology will be used in any domestic competition.
"Subject to contract, Hawk-Eye is delighted to be the partner the Barclays Premier League trusts to deliver accurate and reliable Goal-Line Technology," said Paul Hawkins, founding director of Hawk-Eye.
"Through our years of experience we understand the responsibility that we have been given, and what is required to deliver the technology that football deserves."
Parent company Sony is also suitably pleased with the decision. "Today’s announcement marks a real game-change for British football. Referees, players and commentators alike have been crying out for the introduction of goal-line technology, and, backed by Sony, Hawk-Eye will deliver the best decision-making tools for referees in the Barclays Premier League," said David Bush, marketing director, Sony Professional Solutions.
"Having already been established at the heart of tennis and cricket, it makes perfect sense for the same cutting-edge technology to now play a role on the football pitch at the highest level."