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FIFA World Cup to get goal-line technology


Bayern Munich's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer dives for the soccer ball during the German ' DFB Pokal' cup final in Berlin on May 12, 2012.


Patrik Stollarz

FIFA announced Tuesday its commitment to using goal-line technology at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

"FIFA has decided to use goal-line technology at the FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil," FIFA said in a statement.

The international soccer association said it will now look at technology from various companies to determine what system to use, according to the Associated Press.

"Interested goal-line technology companies will be invited to join an inspection visit to the Confederations Cup venues, currently scheduled for mid-March, with a final decision due to be confirmed in early April," FIFA said in a statement.

Goalref and Hawkeye are two firms likely to compete for the FIFA contract. The BBC explains Goalref uses magnetic sensors to detect a goal, while Hawkeye employs cameras.

"The aim is to use goal-line technology in order to support the match officials and to install a system in all stadiums, pending the successful installation, and pre-match referee tests," FIFA said.

In South Africa's World Cup in 2010, England midfielder Frank Lampard lost a goal that, had technology been available, would have been awarded. 

Watch the "goal" here: