• Premier League

FA expect goal-line tech approval

ESPN staff
April 9, 2013
The FA will use goal-line technology in the next season's Community Shield at Wembley © Getty Images

FA general secretary Alex Horne believes goal-line technology will be introduced into the Premier League next season, if clubs agree to sanction it when they meet on Thursday.

FIFA recently appointed German company GoalControl to provide the technology at the Confederations Cup in Brazil in June, and Horne says he would welcome the introduction of the technology to England's top-flight.

"I always thought it was an ideal piece of technology to allow into the game," Horne told BBC Sport. "The [Premier League] club meeting is on Thursday so I'm expecting it to go through at that meeting.

"There are occasions [when goal-line technology is needed] and we've seen them here at Wembley, we've seen them in World Cups, we've seen them 11 or 12 times in the Premier League this season alone.

"So technology that says 'yes, the ball has crossed the line' and lets the referee know makes an awful lot of sense to me."

Three other FIFA-licensed companies will compete for the contract to provide the technology to the Premier League, including British-based system Hawk-Eye, which is primarily used in tennis and cricket.

If approved, the system would be installed in all 20 Premier League stadiums for next season, including the three teams promoted from the Championship, plus Wembley.

The FA plan to use goal-line technology in next season's FA Cup from the Third Round onwards in all stadiums that are equipped with the system.

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