Premier League lead the way with goal-line technology

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The English Premier League is all set to create history in the world of football as we enter the 2013/14 season.

The Premier League, as well as the FA Cup tournament, are going to adopt the much debated goal-line technology from this season.

It was unveiled on Thursday at Arsenal’s Emirates stadium, demonstrated by English referee Anthony Taylor.

The FA general secretary stated that this technology is one of the biggest changes since conceiving the laws of the game 150 years ago.

Dubbed as 'Goal Decision System' (GDS) and developed by British company Hawk-Eye, the system will provide referees a ruling within a second, with their watch buzzing with a message saying 'GOAL' to tell if the ball has gone in.

This technology will wipe out the controversial decisions that have occurred in the past which ultimately decided the outcome of England’s clash against Germany in World Cup 2010, when Frank Lampard's 'goal' was not given.

The main objective of using this system is to provide match officials with the correct information to avoid any controversies like those in earlier years.

The Hawk-Eye system will be used in all 20 Premier League grounds. Hawk-Eye will install seven cameras per goal, primarily on the roof of the stadium.

The system will only be able to detect the ball if it crosses the goal line. As soon as it detects the ball has crossed the goal line, it will send an instant signal to the referee’s watch. Control software combines all the information from all cameras and then tracks the ball in the goal area.

The system will be able to conclude that it’s a goal, even if the ball is found in two of the seven cameras near the goal.

Replays will be shown on the big screens while the television audiences see the usual replays, followed by a graphical representation of the ball crossing the line 20 seconds later.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who was present at the unveiling, supported the introduction of the technology and also said that speed was essential to prevent disputes.

The camera-based technology, used in the 2013/14 Community Shield match between Manchester United and Wigan Athletic for the first time, is the start of a new Premier League era.


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