THE HAGUE: The Dutch Football Association has selected Hawk-Eye to conduct a two-year trial of goal-line technology in the domestic game and has said it is keen to introduce a video referee system.
The pilot project, entitled ‘Arbitration 2.0’, will be assigned a budget of E500,000 and will also see the use of additional assistant referees – the system favoured by UEFA and its president Michel Platini.
To assess the value of GLT and the extra officials, the KNVB said the systems will be utilised heavily in the latter stages of cup competitions, along with the final round of top division games and promotion/relegation playoffs.
The KNVB said it has chosen Hawk-Eye for the GLT contract due to its accuracy, its status as part of the Sony group and its proven application in other sports.
The English Premier League announced in April that Hawk-Eye will provide GLT systems at its games from the 2013-14 season – a factor that has also influenced the KNVB’s decision.
KNVB football director Bert van Oostveen said: “The KNVB is known to explicitly support the introduction of technological tools. We therefore went straight to work with the introduction of goal-line monitoring and have presented it to the clubs who were overwhelmingly enthusiastic.
“Finally, we will examine the implementation of a video referee. This suits our progressive vision.”
Hawk-Eye after it was one of three firms to miss out on a contract with FIFA. GoalControl is official GLT provider at this year’s Confederations Cup.
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