Goal-Line Technology to Be Tested When England Host Belgium at Wembley

David HathawayContributor IMay 25, 2012

Frank Lampard's disallowed goal during the 2010 World Cup.
Frank Lampard's disallowed goal during the 2010 World Cup.Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Goal-line technology will be tested on 2 June in England's friendly against Belgium at Wembley.

The game, which signals Roy Hodgson's first game at Wembley as England manager, will see the installation of a twelve-camera Hawk-Eye system at the national stadium.

The system will be monitored by its developers, but the presence of the new technology will have no influence on the game itself. In the event of a dubious goal-line decision, the referee and linesmen will have no access to Hawk-Eye's readings—though the system's testers will be aware of the data.

This will be the second and final test for Hawk-Eye following its trial earlier this month during the Hampshire Senior Cup final at St Mary's Stadium.

Hawk-eye isn't the only goal-line technology currently being tested. GoalRef, a Danish-German project developed in Copenhagen, has been trialed in the Danish Superliga. GoalRef's technology is based on the insertion of electronic probes into the match ball, which then reacts to sensors installed in the goal posts.

Following analysis of both systems and the practicality of each for the global game, it is expected that a final decision on the future of goal-line technology will be made by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) on 2 July.

With the approval of IFAB for one (or both) of the systems, leagues around the world would have the freedom to implement either system into their competitions.

It is expected that IFAB's ruling will come too late for the use of either system in the 2012/13 Premier League season.