FIFA set to introduce goal-line technology at Club World Cup
TOKYO (AP) - FIFA will introduce goal-line technology for the first time at the Club World Cup in an effort to accurately judge when balls cross the goal line.
The magnetic-field-based system of GoalRef will be used at Yokohama Stadium while Toyota Stadium will be equipped with the camera-based Hawk-Eye system. The seven-team tournament begins on Thursday when New Zealand's Auckland City faces Japan's Sanfrecce Hiroshima at Yokohama Stadium.
"Tomorrow will be the first time that goal-line technology will be officially used in a game," FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke said Wednesday. "The tests are done; and the installation tests were successful." Hawk-Eye is a British camera-based system already used in tennis and cricket. GoalRef is a Danish-German project using magnetic sensors to track a special ball.
Before each match, officials will test the system is working in both goals.