Premier League and FA officials gathered at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium this week to showcase the new Goal Decision System ahead of its first official use in England at Sunday’s FA Community Shield
The system, developed by HawkEye, will also be in use for the England v Scotland international on Wednesday night – before being rolled out in full for the 2013/14 Premier League season.
Speaking at Thursday’s event, FA General Secretary Alex Horne praised the joint effort of The Football Association and the Premier League in arriving at the landmark moment.
He said: “We work well with the Premier League on a number of fronts, and this is something we’ve been unified on for a number of years.
“It’s an interesting tie up actually, that 150 years ago a couple of miles away English clubs got together to try and write some laws for this game that has become this global phenomenon and here we see what’s probably one of the biggest developments in the game in the 150-year period.”
Each stadium has 14 cameras installed, seven looking into each goal, all of them are able to automatically track the ball and you combine the tracking information from all the cameras together to show where the ball is in 3D.
The system’s developer Dr Richard Hawkins said: “As the ball is in the goal area we know as soon as the ball crosses the plain of the goal it immediately sends a signal to the referee’s watch within a second.”
Dr Hawkins also said that it was fantastic the system would be making its debut in England at the home of football.
“It’s great to have those two matches at Wembley before the start of the Premier League season. It’s an opportunity for us to get all of our staff into one place to demonstrate it to all the various people it needs to be demonstrated to.
“We’re really looking forward to Sunday.”
Earlier this year, FIFA selected GoalControl, also a camera-based system, to provide goal-line technology at the Confederations Cup and then the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.