(WFI) World Football INSIDER looks ahead to the key events in the global football business.
An update on goal-line technology tops the agenda for Saturday’s meeting of the International Football Association Board in Edinburgh, Scotland.
FIFA announced today that Germany’s CAIROS technologies AG has become the third FIFA licenced Goal-line Technology (GLT) provider after meeting all the test requirements. The independent Swiss institute EMPA conducted pitch tests in December, while lab tests were successfully passed before CAIROS sought its licence.
CAIROS technologies, which has spent 13 years exploring GLT technologies, has developed a magnetic field-based concept to help officials determine whether or not the ball has completely crossed the line.
Other talking points at the IFAB meeting include a review of the additional linesmen system adopted by UEFA, clarification to the interpretation of offside, the usage of electronic performance monitoring systems and the rules governing a dropped ball.
But the controversial triple punishment sanction for a penalty area infringement by a player on an opponent with a clear goal-scoring opportunity has been left off the agenda. It means that as well as conceding a penalty that player can still be sent off and get a one-match ban.
“The IFAB will also discuss its future consultation and decision-making processes, as well as its future structure,” says a FIFA statement.
“The self-reform of the International Football Association Board was a proposal that stemmed from FIFA’s agreement to major reforms of its governance which were presented to the FIFA Executive Committee at the end of March 2012, and subsequently presented at the FIFA Congress in Budapest last May.”
IFAB is made up of representatives from FIFA as well as the football associations of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
AFC Champions League
The AFC Champions League group stage kicks off on Tuesday and Wednesday.
It includes four former winners and five newcomers.
Among Tuesday’s highlights: Former champions Urawa Reds return to the AFC Champions League after a break of four years with the J.League side taking on Chinese Super League champions Guangzhou Evergrande in a highly-anticipated Group F opener at Tianhe Sport Center.
Urawa have retained a core of players who beat Iran’s Sepahan 3-1 on aggregate to become the first Japanese side to win the AFC Champions League title in 2007. Guangzhou represent a testing opener for Urawa on their return to the AFC Champions League for the first time since reaching the semi-finals in 2008 after Marcello Lippi’s side reached the quarter-finals last year before completing the domestic double under the FIFA World Cup-winning Italian.
Group A: Tractor Sazi-Al Jazira, Al Shabab-El Jaish
Group B: Pakhtakor-Al Ettifaq, Lekhwiya-Al Shabab Al Arabi
Group C: Sepahan-Al Nasr, Al Ahli-Al Gharafa
Group D: Al Ain-Al Hilal, Al Rayyan-Esteghlal
Group E: Vegalta Sendai-Buriram United, FC Seoul-Jiangsu Sainty
Group F: Guangzhou Evergrande-Urawa Red Diamonds, Muang Thong United-Jeonbuk Motors
Group G: Sanfrecce Hiroshima-Bunyodkor, Pohang Steelers-Beijing Guoan
Group H: Central Coast Mariners-Suwon Bluewings, Guizhou Renhe-Kashiwa Reysol
By INSIDER’s Mark Bisson
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