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Hawk-Eye 'can make goal-line calls in half a second'

Frank Lampard's shot against Germany

Lampard effort not given

By James Skinner

The inventor of Hawk-Eye has claimed he has goal-line technology that can make a decision within half a second.

The International Football Board (IFAB) has asked companies to present it with systems that confirm within one second whether or not a goal has been scored.

"Our system for football is easier than for cricket, technically," Paul Hawkins, whose system is used in cricket and tennis, told BBC Sport.

"Technology is not here to hurt anyone, it can only make things better."

The IFAB, which determines the laws of football, has asked for goal-line technology ideas by the end of November and hopes to test them before its meeting in March.

The move follows incidents such as the one during England's 2010 World Cup finals match against Germany, when a Frank Lampard shot clearly went over the line but a goal was not given. England lost the match 4-1.

Hawkins, chief executive of Hampshire-based Hawk-Eye Innovations, added: "We will put our name into the hat.

Technology is not here to hurt anyone - it can only make things better

Hawk-Eye inventor Paul Hawkins

"It is good news [that goal-line technology is being considered] but it was pretty much inevitable.

"Fifa's approach will be sensible and I am confident we can deliver."

Hawkins, whose invention is also used in the BBC's television snooker coverage, stated that his system for football is similar to the ones in tennis and cricket. It uses multiple cameras to track the ball, video-framing and a signal being sent to the referee's earpiece.

He added that his company simulated 250 goal-line incidents and in them the referee was found to get 72% of decisions correct, the assistant referee was right in 76% of them, and the official behind the goal-line - a system being tested by Fifa at present - was correct in 81%.

The English Football Association had hoped to introduce Hawk-Eye in 2009 but Fifa president Sepp Blatter stopped goal-line technology experiments the previous year.

Blatter claimed there were problems with reliability and said the system was unsuitable for football.

Fifa had also tested a system using microchips in balls but this was dropped because it was thought to be too complex and not sufficiently accurate.

Hawkins said at the time he was "gobsmacked" by the decision and was "livid" because of the amount of money his company had spent.

"We have invested an awful lot of money and now we have no return on that," he had stated.

Fifa instead decided to have trials of the system in which an assistant referee stands behind the goal-line to determine whether the ball has gone over the line.

German company Cairos has a rival system to Hawk-Eye which uses a chip inside the ball.

Managing director Christian Holzer has pressed Fifa to use goal-line technology, saying his system is "100% accurate" and "adds fairness to the game".

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see also
Goal-line calls 'must be instant'
20 Oct 10 |  Football
Blatter confirms technology talks
11 Aug 10 |  Football
Pietersen wary of Hawk-Eye effect
18 Mar 10 |  England
Hawk-Eye firm lined up for sale
01 Sep 10 |  Business
Blatter sorry for disallowed goal
29 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Fifa offers no comment on ref blunders
28 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Goal-line firms urge Fifa rethink
28 Jun 10 |  Technology
FAW boss rejects technology idea
28 Jun 10 |  Welsh
Fifa dismisses goal-line trials
14 Mar 08 |  Football
How does Hawk-Eye work?
06 Sep 05 |  Laws & Equipment
Hawk-Eye makes Wimbledon debut
09 Jun 03 |  Wimbledon 2003


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