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MLS ready for goal-line technology, says Garber

  • AP, Friday, April 20, 2012 2:36 PM

Major League Soccer would implement goal-line technology quickly if a system is approved and adopted by the International Football Association Board in July.

"We're interested in being a test league and we hope that we could achieve that," MLS Commissioner Don Garber said Thursday while speaking to the Associated Press Sports Editors. "I would be open to whatever it is that could be done to ensure that we have goal-line technology."

The IFAB, which administers rule changes and interpretations, meets July 2 and could approve Hawk-Eye or GoalRef, two systems that have survived to a final phase of testing to commence later this month. Hawk-Eye is a camera-based ball-tracking system used in tennis and cricket. GoalRef employs a magnetic field with a special ball. Both could be approved.
Each system sends a signal within a second of the ball crossing the line to the referee, who makes the final decision.

If approval is granted in July, Garber said, MLS could implement the technology at some point during this season. The English Premier League hopes to use it for its 2012-13 season, which starts in August. "There's a lot more that we need to learn about it, understanding the process," Garber said. ''The bottom line here is that I would be open to using goal-line technology as soon as it is made available."

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