Contrary to what most people believe, the Laws of the Game are not made by FIFA but by the oldest international body in world football, the International Football Association Board.

It was founded in 1886, 18 years before FIFA was formed, and initially was composed of the British founding nations of organised football – England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales – FIFA joined the Board in 1912.

That is history but what was decided on Monday 11th October 2010, could also create a bit of history. At the meeting of its technical sub-committee, the IFAB discussed the introduction of goal-line technology.

There have been discussions on this topic before but this meeting was different. Thirteen out of seventeen companies invited to submit proposals for goal line technology did so and the challenge is now on to find a fail-safe method.

There are certain in-built criteria. The signal must alert the referee whenever the ball crosses the goal line and it must be direct to the referee, perhaps using a transmitter on his watch. The signal must not be sent to the referee by a third person. No cameras will be involved.

The IFAB, which is the guardian of the Laws of the Game, will raise the matter during its Annual Business Meeting in Cardiff on October 20th, although no decision on the issue will be made until the IFAB Annual General Meeting in March 2011 also in Cardiff.

FIFA have previously rebuffed all demands to use video technology to resolve contentious refereeing decisions, despite it being successfully implemented in other sports such as tennis, cricket and rugby union.

However calls for goal line technology have increased, especially when a goal scored by England midfielder Frank Lampard in the World Cup tie against Germany was disallowed. England went in at half time 2-1 down when it should have been 2-2.

England eventually lost 4-1 but that disallowed goal was a critical error.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on recently, “I have said if we have an accurate and simple system then we will implement it, but so far we have not had a simple, nor an accurate system.”

The technical solution is not an easy one but it does look as if some form of goal line technology will be introduced in the next two years.

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