For the first time in World Cup history, matches played in
Brazil last year weren’t only officiated by referees. Seven cameras on each end of the tournament’s football fields tracked the
ball’s flight in three dimensions and sent a wireless goal alert to
the referees’ watches if it crossed the goal line. That’s how the
GoalControl system works.
“Goal-line technology will become a permanent part of football in all the
major football leagues,” says Dirk Broichhausen, managing director of Goal-
Control GmbH, Würselen, Germany. “The technology is mature and reliable,
and we are focusing on new applications.”
Anticipating a demand for interactive replay technology, GoalControl and
its partners have launched projects to develop applications giving sports fans
In the GoalControl system, seven
cameras on each end of the field track the
ball’s flight in three dimensions and send
a wireless goal alert to the referees’
watches if it crosses the goal line.