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Final tests on goal-line technology to start soon

  • AP, Monday, April 16, 2012 3:14 PM

Hawk-Eye or GoalRef? You make the call. Actually, the call will be made by FIFA, which announced Sunday that the final phase of testing on goal-line technology tests will begin this month before soccer's rulemakers make a definitive decision in July. Those two systems have reached the final.

So, too, has Chelsea, which with aid of a controversial goal defeated Tottenham, 5-1, at Wembley Stadium in an FA Cup semifinal Sunday. Replays indicated that Juan Mata's shot never crossed the line for Chelsea's second goal. ''It was nowhere near the line,'' Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker said. ''I had a perfect view. Four players were covering the line, so how the ball could've got over the line, I don't know. The linesman said he didn't make the decision. The ref took it upon himself."

The International Football Association Board, the game's rule-making body, last month approved two systems to go into a second round of testing in match scenarios before either can be sanctioned for use in competitive fixtures at a meeting July 2.

Sony Corp.'s Hawk-Eye is a camera-based ball-tracking system successfully deployed in tennis and cricket. GoalRef, owned by a German-Danish company, uses a magnetic field with a special ball. Both systems send a signal within a second to the referee, who will retain the power to make the final decision.

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