Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Football Law Board continues goal-line tests

The International Football Association Board has decided that goal-line technology – designed to assist referees in their decision-making - will be further tested at the FIFA Club World Championship, which is contested from 11 to 18 December in Japan, Soccer Investor reported. The IFAB met in Lima, Peru during the FIFA Under-17 World Championship, the first FIFA tournament to use goal-line technology.

"The general outcome of this meeting was that IFAB, FIFA, the referees and those responsible for this system are convinced that goal-line technology could have a positive future," FIFA said in a statement. "However, further improvements will be required to be made to this system following its first test in a competition environment."

The 120th Annual General Meeting of the IFAB in Zurich on 4 March 2006 will then decide whether goal-line technology is to be employed at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.

Founded in 1882 to govern the Laws of the Game of soccer, the IFAB's permament members are the Football Association (England), the Scottish Football Association, the Football Association of Wales and the Irish Football Association (Northern Ireland) each with one vote and the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) with 4 votes.

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