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Goal Line Technology

Goal Line Technology


On the June 27, 2010 in Bloemfontein, South Africa, not far from Sports Labs' South African base, elite football was about to be changed forever. England faced Germany in the World cup knockout stage. Losing 2-1, Frank Lampard hit a shot from just outside the penalty box that hit the underside of the cross-bar and bounced over the line and England was back in the game. But did it cross the line? The famous “ghost goal” was born. Fast forward 2 years and the International Football Association Board (IFAB) approved the use of Goal Line Technology into the rules of football. The technology had to meet a stringent and rigorous testing regime once installed in stadiums around the world. In 2012, FIFA introduced the FIFA Quality Programme for Goal Line Technology and turned to its elite labs to carry out the testing required.

Video: Goal Line Technology Explained

Sports Labs was among the first, and remains one of only four, accredited testing institutions in the world that performs Final Installation Tests (FIT) to certify installed Goal Line Technology systems. In 2015, Sports Labs also provided full testing services for the 6 stadiums of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. Sports Labs deployed 2 fully equipped teams to carry out the FIT’s across the country. This was the first time Goal Line Technology was used in North America. Sports Labs also performed the FIT’s on the Goal Line Technology System’s installed in stadiums in Agadir and Marrakech in 2013 and Rabat and Marrakech in 2014 for the FIFA Club World Cup Tournaments. This was the first time Goal Line Technology was used in Africa.


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