Arguments over whether the football crossed the line could be a thing of the past from 2013 according to England’s Football Association General Secretary Alex Horne.
Horne said goal-line technology could be introduced in less than two years if testing shows the system is accurate enough.
Only this technology, he added, would suit the game and no other. Horne said: “It’s such a free flowing game and we all know those single points of scoring a goal are so vital and there are so few of them relatively in a football match compared with say tennis or cricket that actually that is worthy of technology. Everything else, I believe, would just slow down and interrupt the flow of play and I think ultimately would undermine the referee.”
The Premier League had hoped to be the first to use goal-line technology at the start of next season but football lawmakers, the IFAB, is not expected to sanction any implementation until after next year’s European championships.