A third company has been licensed by Fifa to provide goalline technology systems. The German firm Cairos has had its system approved by the world governing body and will be able to tender for use in next year’s World Cup and the Premier League.
The other two systems licensed are those produced by Hawk-Eye, the British firm now owned by Sony, and a German-Danish system called GoalRef.
Cairos had been one of the first companies to come up with a goalline technology (GLT) system with a microchip in the ball, a collaboration with sportswear manufacturer Adidas that was trialled unsuccessfully in 2005.
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Its latest system is not linked to the sportswear firm and is similar to GoalRef’s in that it is based on magnetic fields where sensors in the goal are activated when the ball crosses the line.
A statement from the company said: “Cairos has met all of the requirements set out by Fifa for its goalline technology … which passed all of the test criteria, and was subsequently granted an official licence by Fifa for goalline technology.”
Last week Fifa committed itself to using goalline technology at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and is seeking tenders from companies for the Confederations Cup in June and next year’s finals.