Soccer

Women's World Cup will use goal-line technology

FIFA says it will use Hawk-Eye to rule on goal-line decisions at the Women's World Cup in Canada.

Hawk-Eye system to help on close calls

The Hawk-Eye system indicates whether or not a goal has been scored within one second by a vibration and visual signal on each match official's watch. (Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images)

FIFA says it will use Hawk-Eye to rule on goal-line decisions at the Women's World Cup in Canada.

The British camera-based system to track the ball's position is already used in the Premier League. It was developed in tennis and cricket.

FIFA says Hawk-Eye will first be tested at the six stadiums staging the 24-team women's tournament from June 6 to July 5.

Hawk-Eye was previously used by FIFA at the Club World Cup in Japan in 2012. FIFA then chose the rival GoalControl system from Germany for the 2014 men's World Cup in Brazil.

FIFA announced in December, at the Women's World Cup draw, that goal-line technology would be used at the Canadian tournament. The world governing body of soccer had been under pressure to offer the women the same kind of tournament as the men, given a human rights complaint — subsequently withdrawn — over the use of artificial turf.

FIFA then put out a tender to goal-line technology companies.

Hawk-Eye uses seven cameras per goal installed as high as possible within the stadium structure. It 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 the technology is subject to a final installation test at each stadium.

The 24-team championship takes place in Vancouver, Edmonton, Moncton, Montreal, Ottawa and Winnipeg.

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