The days of heated arguments about a referee’s bad judgement may soon be over.
Future football games are likely to be played with goal-line technology which can tell the referee whether the ball is inside the goal line or not.
The Danish company Select has developed a ball that’s fitted with the so-called GoalRef technology, which consists of a chip that tells the referee whether the ball is in or not.
The ball and the technology have been approved by FIFA for use in matches in the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup, due to start on Thursday.
The iBall, short for 'intelligent ball', is produced by Select, while the technology is developed in collaboration between the national German research organisation Fraunhofer and the Danish company GoalRef. They were helped along from the Alexandra Institute and Aarhus University’s Department of Computer Science.