Goal-line technology to hit Premier League

Goal-line technology is to be introduced into the Premier League next season, according to BBC Sport.

The technology was trialled successfully at the FIFA Club World Cup and the Premier League is said to be in talks with two unnamed providers.

“We’re working on the basis of having goal-line technology in place for the start of the season,” said Premier League spokesman Dan Johnson, according to the broadcaster.

“All clubs will have to have the system, including those promoted.”

Cost effective

Last year’s Club World Cup saw HawkEye and Goal-Ref both used but the Premier League have not specified which companies they are in talks with.

League bosses have said they will choose a system based on cost and how logistically easy it is to use.

It will not be possible for Premier League clubs to opt out of the system, but Johnson insisted that the system would not be expensive to install for the 20 teams.

FIFA have already unveiled plans to use the technology at next year’s World Cup.

Green Light

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) will be told in a meeting in Edinburgh this Saturday that the trials of the technology were very successful.

That report will finally give the green light for the systems to be used in professional leagues.

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