FA still in talks over Hawkeye for Community Shield match

02 July 2013 04:16

The Football Association has still to finalise a deal to install goal-line technology at Wembley Stadium but remains hopeful Hawkeye's system will be in place for the Community Shield.

The Premier League completed its deal with Hawkeye at the start of April and installation has already begun at a number of top-flight stadiums to be ready for the start of the season. The FA, however, are still in negotiations with the company, with the traditional curtain-raiser to the season only six weeks away.

An FA spokesman told the Press Association: "The current position remains that the FA are completing negotiations in relation to installing and using goal-line technology in the stadium."

Insiders say the FA's intention is to have goal-line technology up and running for the Community Shield, and that despite the shortage of time much of the infrastructure is in place from when the system was tested at Wembley last year.

The Premier League's installation of the technology at all of its 20 clubs will be done before the start of the season and will be tested under the supervision of FIFA officials. The league also intends for goal-line technology replays to be made available to broadcasters to show on television and on big screens in the stadiums.

Meanwhile, FIFA is set to retain German system GoalControl as its technology for next year's World Cup in Brazil.

GoalControl was chosen for the Confederations Cup and although the system was not needed to rule on the validity of a goal, FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke said it should be retained for next year's tournament.

Valcke said: "The agreement with GoalControl was to see how it worked at the Confederations Cup. The feedback was that it worked well so why change?"

English referee Howard Webb, who was one of the Confederation Cup referees, told a news conference in Rio de Janeiro that he was happy with the system.

He said: "It has been our first experience of goal-line technology but the reassurance the system gives us is a big benefit."

Source: PA