World Cup 2018 goal-line technology may be tested in Russian championship

The World Cup regulations allow for this use of goal-line technology
27 October 2016
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GoalRef goal-line system on trial at Fraunhofer Institute of Integrated Circuits in Erlangen, Germany
The electronic goal-line technology to be used in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ may be tested in action ahead of time, during the upcoming Russian Premier League tournament, according to Aleksey Nikolayev, who leads the department of refereeing and inspection at the Russian Football Union. The World Cup regulations allow for such use of goal-line technology.

"The system has to be put to a test, " Nikolayev said. "It would make sense to test it during a national championship prior to the 2018 World Cup. "

The electronic goal-line technology will automatically register the goal and instantly alert the referee to the fact that the football has crossed the goal line. The following goal-line systems have been approved for use: GoalRef, Hawk-Eye, and GoalControl-4D.

Goal-line technology passed its inaugural trial during the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup Japan in December 2012. It has since been used at the 2013 Confederations Cup, 2014World Cup Brazil, Euro 2016 in France, and 2016 European League finals.


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