Football: English Premier League approves goal-line technology for 2013/14 season

LONDON - The Premier League on Thursday announced a historic decision to sanction the use of goal-line technology in the English top flight from the 2013-14 season onwards, in a global first for a domestic competition.

British-based firm Hawk-Eye was chosen over German company GoalControl to supply the ground-breaking technology at a meeting of the Premier League's 20 club chairmen.

Hawk-Eye's system uses seven cameras to track the movement of the ball and sends a signal to the match officials' watches within a second if the ball crosses one of the two goal-lines.

It will now be put in place at all Premier League grounds, while the Football Association also intends to install a system at London's Wembley Stadium in time for the traditional season-opener, the Community Shield, in August.

"This will be the first time that goal-line technology is used in any domestic competition," the league said on its website

"I'm for it and all the other clubs are for it. They are all in favour," Stoke City chairman Peter Coates told Sky Sports television. "(Hawk-Eye) were the preferred bidders and I am sure they got it right."

The Premier League, the world's most popular domestic football championship, is set to become the first of Europe's major leagues to introduce the technology.

Hawk-Eye, which was bought by electronics giant Sony in 2011, already provides ball-tracking systems for tennis and cricket.

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