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Fifa wants instant goal-line technology

Frank Lampard's shot against Germany

Lampard effort not given

Football's lawmakers want to find a goal-line technology system which could settle contentious decisions almost instantly following a referral.

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) agreed to re-open discussions on the topic on Wednesday.

An IFAB statement read: "The indication of whether a goal has been scored must be immediate and automatically confirmed within one second."

IFAB wants technology companies to present ideas by the end of November.

Systems would then be tested in advance of the next IFAB meeting in March, when the next stages of the process of implementation would be discussed.

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The statement from Fifa's rulemaking division added: "The technology would apply solely to the goal-line, and only to determine whether a goal has been scored or not.

"The system must be accurate. The indication of whether a goal has been scored will only be communicated to the match officials."

Fifa had called time on goal-line technology experiments in 2008 after deciding that systems which worked in other sports - such as the Hawk-Eye innovation used in tennis and cricket - were unsuitable for football.

It also tested a system using a microchip in the ball but decided it was too complicated and also lacked sufficient accuracy.

But after incidents such as the Frank Lampard strike that was not given as a goal in England's 4-1 World Cup loss to Germany despite clearly crossing the line in June, it decided to take another look at possible solutions.

Fifa president Sepp Blatter said it would be "a nonsense not to re-open the file" on technology and referred the matter to the IFAB.

The IFAB also heard an update on the experiments with an extra assistant referee behind each goal-line.

The system is currently being tested in the Champions League, Europa League and Euro 2012 qualifiers, as well as by the French, Moroccan and Qatar Football Associations.

Further experiments will start next year in the Ivory Coast, Mexico and Brazil.



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