Goal Line Technology
On the 27th June 2010 in Bloemfontein South Africa not far from Sports Labs South African base, Elite Football was about to be changed forever. England faced Germany in the World cup knockout stage. Losing 2-1, Frank Lampard hit a shot from just outside the penalty box that hit the underside of the cross-bar and bounced over the line and England were back in the game. But did it? The famous “ghost goal” was born. Fast forward 2 years and the International Football Association Board (IFAB) approved the use of Goal Line Technology in the rules of football. The Technology had to meet a stringent and rigorous testing regime once installed in Stadia around the world. In 2012 FIFA introduced the FIFA Quality Programme for Goal Line Technology and turned to its elite labs to carry out the testing required.
Sports Labs were among the first and remain one of only four accredited test institutes globally, able to carry out Final installation tests (FIT) in order to certify installed Goal Line Technology systems.
Sports Labs in 2015 also provided full testing services for the 6 stadiums of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 in Canada. Sports Labs deployed 2 fully equipped and qualified teams to carry out the FIT’s in the West and East of the country. The first time Goal Line Technology was used in North America.
Further Sports Labs performed the FIT’s on the Goal control Goal Line Technology System’s installed in stadiums in Agadir and Marrakech in 2013 and Rabat and Marrakech in 2014 for the FIFA Club World Cup Tournaments. The first time Goal Line Technology was used in Africa.