The FA will be involved when a decision over the use of Goal-line Technology is taken at the International Football Association Board special meeting in Zurich on Thursday.
Chairman David Bernstein and General Secretary Alex Horne will head the travelling delegation to hear the results of the latest GLT tests. FA Referees’ Committee chairman David Elleray and Neale Barry, who sits on the IFAB technical sub-committee and is The FA’s Head of Senior Referee Development, will also take part at FIFA HQ. The FA has been a leading proponent of Goal-line Technology in recent years after a number of high-profile incidents.
Several other matters will also be up for discussion by the global game’s law-making body – which is made up of FIFA and the four home nations – in the Swiss capital. These include the subject of additional assistant referees, as seen again at UEFA Euro 2012, and the wearing of headscarves by female players.
All of these items were previously discussed at the IFAB annual general meeting hosted by The FA at Pennyhill Park, Surrey in March. At that meeting, it was agreed that independent Goal-Line Technology tests would continue to a second phase with both the Hawk-Eye and GoalRef systems taken forward.
It is hoped one or both of these systems will get the green light after Thursday’s meeting. The FA sanctioned live tests at Wembley Stadium for England’s 1-0 victory against Belgium last month and also at St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton in May.
A FIFA spokesman said: "We would like to place on record our sincere thanks to The Football Association for their willingness to support the live match tests, a critical part of Test Phase 2 for Goal-line technology."
A review of specific Laws of the Game and an initial discussion regarding the future composition of the IFAB will also take place during Thursday’s meeting.