Exclusive: GoalRef Confirm Bid to Provide GLT at 2014 World Cup

February 20, 2013

By Steve Moorhouse

Goal-Line Technology (GLT) provider GoalRef, bronchi has confirmed that they will be submitting tender for the rights to install their systems at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

FIFA announced yesterday that GLT would be used at the 2013 Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup and invited GoalRef and competitors Hawk-Eye to submit their tender.

Now, Fraunhofer IIS, the company behind GoalRef has spoken exclusively to iSportconnect confirming their bid.

René Dünkler, Technology Marketing Director for Fraunhofer, who is working on the PR for GoalRef said: “Yes, at this current time we are preparing a tender for the GLT to FIFA.

“I think Fraunhofer IIS has a very nice technology for GLT and can provide a lot of efforts such as easy installation, because we only need the goals, the balls and the watch for the referee.

“GoalRef is a wireless system, so we don´t have “line of site conditions,” like when the goalkeeper is over the ball or corner situations.”

Calls for GLT have become stronger over the past few years and the debate surfaced again at the last World Cup in 2010, when a Frank Lampard effort clearly crossed the line but was not allowed.

Dünkler believes that the introduction of GLT at the next World Cup is a big step forward, but progress was already made in 2012.

“FIFA took more important steps last year, like on 5th of July with the IFAB decision for GLT and the end of 2012, when GoalRef was licensed for the FIFA-Club-World Cup in Japan,” said Dünkler.

“Now it is the next step, the tender for Brazil.”{jcomments on}