Tokyo: The 2007 Club World Cup hosted by Japan will feature an experimental goal line technology that will help referees more accurately determine if a goal is scored, FIFA officials said Friday.
The new technology, which transmits information in real time to referees, may be used in future World Cup tournaments.
The technology will be tested at the Dec 7-16 Club World Cup and other tournaments.
“FIFA is very much interested in the test results,” said Viacheslav Koloskov, chairman of the FIFA Organizing Committee. “If the results are good enough a decision will be made whether to use the technology in future World Cups, perhaps as early as 2010.”
Using the chip-in-ball goal-line technology, the referee will receive a visual signal on his watch when the ball containing a microchip crosses the goal line in the Club World Cup.
The information will be encrypted so it can’t be interfered with, according to officials at Adidas and Cairos Technologies AG, the two companies that developed the technology.
The Club World Cup features the top clubs from soccer’s six continental zones.