Goal-line technology has long been called for in many quarters
The Football Association could introduce goal-line technology for the start of the 2012-13 season if tests progress well - though time will be tight for the system to be implemented.
A number of possible solutions are currently being considered after FIFA made a U-turn and gave the green light. But the FA will only bring goal-line technology into the English game if they are satisfied it is reliable.
One of the systems on trial, 'Goalminder', is due to be analysed in front of FIFA's testers at League One club Rochdale's Spotland home ground on Wednesday night.
Nine systems are being tested by a FIFA-employed authority with a final decision on which one might be used due to be made by the game's law-makers in July.
FA general secretary Alex Horne believes that ongoing tests could be completed, and given FIFA approval, in time for the start of next season.
"It's possible we could see [goal-line technology] in the Premier League as early as 2012-13,'' he told the BBC. "It's easy to make mistakes and we've all seen examples where the referee and assistant referee can't see if a ball has crossed the line or not. We need to support them in decision-making.
"Whether there is enough time for the technology to be bought, paid for and put into any league or competition for next season, I'm not sure," he conceded. "It would be really tight - but it might be possible for next season.''
However, it is more likely that the technology will first be used in the 2013-14 campaign.
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Just re-watched the Frank Lampard disallowed goal against the Germans. We have to have this in the top top top forms of the game theres so much riding on a big decision like that. We may have won the world cup....Lol only joshing.
Trying to say Bolton were relegated because of a disallowed goal 6 months earlier is a bit desperate. Teams get relegated over the course of a season, decisions come and go your way over this time. What about fouls leading to goals, or misplaced passes that lead to fouls that lead to goals, one could go on all day and every team has their sob story.
There is something special in the fact that the world cup final is played in the same way and in the same conditions as a sunday league u14's match, just minus the 60,000 fans.
nice one Steve,
id never thought ofr that,
but you left out Drogba,Torres,Lampard,RVP,Adam,Walcott,
Purist alert - Keep technology off the football pitch. It's a game for humans where mistakes are made, just like in real life.
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