LONDON: England’s Premier League has said it remains hopeful of implementing goal-line technology for the 2013-14 season after FIFA’s opening a tender for its use at this year’s Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup.

The Premier League has been a long-time advocate of introducing GLT and, last year, held talks with the two FIFA-licenced companies, GoalRef and Hawk-Eye, concerning the possible installation of their systems in the English top flight. Media reports the Premier League is keen to have a system in place by August and is likely to agree an exclusive deal with one company.

A statement said: “The Premier League has been a long-term advocate for goal-line technology. We have held discussions with FIFA licensed providers with a view to introducing it as soon as is practically possible.”

FIFA’s tender-launch came after the law-making International Football Association Board gave the green light last year for the introduction of GLT by approving the Hawk-Eye and GoalRef systems, which were subsequently given their most high-profile tests to date at the 2012 Club World Cup venues in Toyota and Yokohama.

FIFA said the systems were “successfully” implemented at December’s tournament, but added an additional two companies are close to joining Hawk-Eye and GoalRef in securing FIFA licences. A third system, developed in Germany, has already passed the necessary tests with the providers in licensing discussions, while another German system has also been tested with the results due this week.



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