Ifab sets down goal-line criteria

At its 121st yearly general meeting in Manchester a fortnight ago, the International Football Association Board (Ifab), the guardian of the laws of the game, set down criteria for all future experiments involving goal-line technology.

At its 121st yearly general meeting in Manchester a fortnight ago, the International Football Association Board (Ifab), the guardian of the laws of the game, set down criteria for all future experiments involving goal-line technology.

Any proposed system seeking Ifab approval must meet the following four principles:

l The technology should apply only to goal-line technology;

l The system must be 100 percent accurate;

l The indication of whether or not the ball has crossed the line must be instantaneous between the system and the referee; and

l The signal will be communicated only to the match officials.

The board also received a presentation from adidas- Cairos and the FA Premier League on two different systems.

Among the other items discussed were:

l It was decided that the next Ifab sub-committee would establish a common protocol for dealing with injured players;

l The board stressed that any pitch-side monitors should not be visible from the technical areas;

l Fifa raised the intentional use of elbows and presented the guidance to referees ahead of last year's Fifa World Cup.

It was accepted that these guidelines should be uniformly applied;

l Artificial pitches should be green in colour. This will be integrated into the Fifa quality concept;

l A protocol for referees' communication systems was established, specifying that the system should only link the match officials, that it is not broadcast and that it is not recorded.

The board approved changes to the wording of the laws of the game in the following areas:

l Prohibiting any type of advertising on the ground within the technical area;

l Any undershirts or undershorts must be the same main colour as the player's kit;

l The player's equipment must not carry any political, religious or personal statements; and

l A reserve assistant referee may be appointed under competitions rules but would only become involved if one of the assistant referees is unable to continue. - Fifa website

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