Infographic: How soccer’s new tech calls the shots

Soccer’s international governing body might still be rejecting pleas to allow technology to help referees award goals if it weren’t for Frank Lampard.

The English midfielder’s famous shot in a 2010 World Cup match against Germany crossed the goal line by a yard after ricocheting off the underside of the crossbar.

But neither of the officials who could have awarded the goal saw what replays later made obvious, making the goal-that-could-have-been a seminal moment in the world’s most popular sport. England lost the game 4-1.

The ensuing embarrassment heaped upon FIFA led its president to finally accept the virtues of what it now calls goal-line technology.

FIFA finally came to a decision after years of testing more than 10 solutions. In April, it picked a little-known German system, GoalControl–4D, to aid officials during the eight-nation Confederations Cup, which is happening now, and the 2014 World Cup.

The system relies on 14 high-speed cameras, a powerful computer and some old tech — a digital wristwatch worn by the referee.

To see how GoalControl—4D works in detail, check out this infographic.

Nick Clunn
Nick Clunn is a journalist covering the tech beat and an adjunct professor at Montclair State University. He lives in New Jersey, where he had worked as a staff writer for several leading daily newspapers and websites.
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