The technology is certain to be given the go-ahead from football’s law makers next week according to sources from the International FA Board (IFAB).
Fifa President Sepp Blatter who had been reluctant in backing the technology finally gave in when the debate was ignited following the disallowed Ukraine goal against England at Euro 2012.
The debate as to whether to employ the use of goal-line technology rose to its peak at the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa when England’s goal against Germany was adjudged not to have crossed the line at the Round of 16 stage. Several related incidents have happened since, eventually softening Fifa’s stance on the matter.
Thus two systems; the Hawks Eye and GoalRef are said to have passed initial exhaustive scientific tests involving extreme weather conditions, from heat, cold, humidity and rain to the satisfaction of the IFAB. The tests have however fallen short of giving a 100 per cent accurate result on every occasion, but have proved proficient enough to sway those with misgivings.
Rather than provide the final say, the technology will help the referee arrive at the right decision. The Fifa Club World Cup being hosted in Japan will commence on December 6.