(WFI) Hawk-Eye will be the official goal-line technology provider for this summer’s Women’s World Cup, FIFA confirms.
It will mark the first time that GLT has featured at the showpiece event for women’s football. German company GoalControl partnered with FIFA for the Brazil 2014 World Cup.
The decision comes after a tender process when interested FIFA-licensed GLT providers were invited to join an inspection visit to each of the venues in Edmonton, Moncton, Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver and Winnipeg.
Hawk-Eye is a camera-based system, with seven cameras per goal installed as high as possible within the stadium.
By using high-frame-rate cameras and cutting-edge vision-processing techniques, Hawk-Eye is able to locate the ball at all times even if it is only found by two of the seven cameras. The system is millimetre-accurate and indicates whether or not a goal has been scored within one second by a vibration and visual signal on each match official’s watch.
The use of Hawk-Eye in Canada will be subject to a final installation test at each stadium conducted by an independent test institute.
Prior to the start of every game, the match officials will also carry out their own tests, in line with the operational procedures approved by The International Football Association Board (The IFAB).
The 24-team Women’s World Cup, kicking off on June 6, is the second FIFA event to feature Hawk-Eye after it was first used at the 2012 Club World Cup in Japan.
By INSIDER’s Mark Bisson
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