We could finally be seeing the introduction of goal-line technology into the Barclays Premier League as soon as next season, the FA have admitted.
Nine systems are currently under review by an independent testing authority employed by Fifa and a final decision is expected to be made in July 2012.
Companies that match Fifa’s criteria, which states that the system must be accurate and signify a goal within one second, will be invited to a second phase of testing between March and June next year.
One of the systems on trial, ‘Goalminder’, is due to be analysed in front of Fifa’s testers at League One club Rochdale’s Spotland home ground tonight.
And FA general secretary Alex Horne has now indicated that a seminal moment in the game’s history could be implemented by the start of the 2012-13 campaign.
“It’s possible we could see [goal-line technology] in the Premier League as early as 2012-13,” Horne told the BBC.
“It’s easy to make mistakes and we’ve all seen examples where the referee and assistant referee can’t see if a ball has crossed the line or not. We need to support them in decision-making.
“I think goal-line technology would be a huge boost for the game. For years we’ve thought this was a good addition to referees’ armoury.”
For many, the pros of bringing in the technology far outweigh the cons and England fans will remember the Frank Lampard ‘goal’ that never was against Germany in the last World Cup all too well.
But moments of high controversy such as this could be a thing of the past and Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has thrown his weight behind the campaign to install goal-line technology.
“I think anything that can help get the proper decision made is going to be very well received,” said the Scot.