Bundesliga to install goal-line technology next season

Friday December 5th, 2014

Members of Germany's Bundesliga voted in favor of adding goal-line review technology to its matches next season, the league announced on Thursday.

At a meeting in Frankfurt, 15 members voted in support of the plan, overcoming three votes against and reaching the two-thirds majority needed to implement the system.

The proposal was introduced by FC Bayern Munich, the reigning Bundesliga champion. Bayern Munich also currently leads the Bundesliga, with a 10-3-0 record and a +29 goal differential.

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A three-year operating contract was awarded to Hawk-Eye, a FIFA-approved vender, which will use a system of 14 cameras fitted beneath the stadium roof to review the goal-line activity. If a ball crosses the goal line, the system will send a signal to a receiver worn by the referee.

This system has been in use by the English Premier League since the beginning of this season. Use of the camera system in Germany's second league, 2. Bundesliga, was not voted on.

Goal-line review was used successfully in this summer's World Cup, confirming a French goal against Honduras. FIFA president Sepp Blatter also said earlier this year that he hoped to test a review system during the 2015 season; Blatter's system would also allow coaches to challenge calls, but it remains unclear which calls would reviewable.

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