Premier League Approve HawkEye to be Used As Goal-Line Technology for 2013-14 Season

Today, the Premier League approved the use of HawkEye goal-line technology, which will be used by all 20 Premier League sides beginning with the 2013-14 season that’ll kick off in August.

A competing technology, GoalControl, will be used at this summer’s FIFA Confederations Cup. And, if successful in Brazil, will be used next summer at the 2014 World Cup.

HawkEye is a technology developed by a British company. You may be familiar with how HawkEye works if you’ve watched Wimbledon where they use the technology to determine whether serves or shots are inside or outside the line. A video is included below that goes into more detail about how HawkEye works.

The Premer League will be the first league to use the goal-line technology. The league should be applauded for being on the cutting edge and pushing through technology which will greatly help the game.

7 thoughts on “Premier League Approve HawkEye to be Used As Goal-Line Technology for 2013-14 Season”

  1. Great to see soccer get out of the dark ages. Hopefully, it will be applied correctly with relatively instant results…not like the video intant (?)replay process used by Major League Baseball and NCAA football/basketball, the NBA and NFL in the US.

    The most effective use of technology I have seen is tennis with HawkEye and surprising video replay with the Little League World Series. Both are relatively quick. I understand that rugby uses replay very effectively.

    Finger crossed that goal-line does not cause as much controversy as it is trying to solve.

  2. Great to see that the Premier League is in lockstep with FIFA…already using a different technology. Could this be because the Premier League approved HawkEye because (1) it is a better technology or (2) because it is a British company?

    Or, bacause (1) HawkEye is a better technology and (2) because FIFA made their selection based on who paid Blatter the most.

    1. Too easy…makes too much sense…will never happen. It wouldn’t be as exact as goal-line technology, but would probably resolve enough questionable calls to reduce or eliminate the need for other technology.

      Plus, no one would get paid off or no companies would make any money.

      1. It has to be said, though, that there would be a situation where there is no camera angle that definitively shows if the ball went completely over the line or not. Think Liverpool vs Chelsea in the UCL semi-finals in 2005.

        I’m glad they’re finally bringing the goal line technology to bear.

  3. I think this is a long time in coming. The modern game needs to be able to move on and accept changes.
    I personally think there needs to be more video replay technology in the sport. I know it’s somewhat controversial, but I think it should be used for other decisions including offsides.
    It shouldn’t be used to remove referees, but should be there to help them out and give them a bit of extra confidence.

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