The International Football Association Board (IFAB) has given the go-ahead for the development of goal-line technology at a meeting in Manchester.
A number of systems will now be further developed, including one proposed by the Premier League and Hawk-Eye, who have systems in cricket and tennis.
FA chief executive Brian Barwick said: "We all believe that goal-line technology is the way to move forward.
"If we are going to introduce it, it has got to be 100% accurate."
Premier League spokesman Dan Johnson added: "We are pleased with the reception that our presentation got and that we can progress to further stages of testing the Hawkeye system."
The IFAB has laid down four criteria for the goal-line technology systems.
That technology should only apply to goal-line decisions. That the systems must be 100% accurate. That the signal to the referee must be instantaneous That the signal is only communicated to the match officials.
Adidas and German firm Cairos will also continue to develop their system where there is a microchip inside the ball.
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