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Goal-line technology possible for 2014

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The International FA Board (IFAB) will run final tests on two goal-line systems in a move that could revolutionise the use of technology in football.

The Swiss standards institute EMPA conducted tests on potential systems late last year, and British company Hawk-Eye and German firm GoalRef have made the final shortlist.

Adidas backed Cairos system failed to pass phase of FIFA's conditions, while Rochdale company Goalminder also did not make the final cut.

Hawk-Eye is a camera-based system that is already used successfully in cricket and Tennis, while GoalRef identifies the a goal situation with the use of a magnetic field and a specially designed ball.

IFAB will reconvene on July 2 in Kiev, where a final decision will be made on whether or not to implement goal-line technology.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter is optimistic the technology can be introduced in time for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, with the hope incidents such as that involving Frank Lampard two years ago can be avoided.

Blatter said via Twitter: "Exciting news that 2 goal-line technology companies meet criteria - now for further testing and decision."

He added: "If technology works we will use it in 2014 to avoid situations like the Lampard goal."

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