FIFA Club World Cup: GLT Project Agreements Signed


Back in July 2012, Hawk-Eye Innovations, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) approved the use of goal-line technology (GLT), enabling Hawk-Eye to apply to become FIFA goal-line technology licensees. Following the awarding by FIFA of the licence agreement on 23 October 2012, Hawk-Eye received official authorisation to install its respective goal-line technology systems worldwide.

Today Hawk-Eye is delighted to announce it has signed the project agreement with FIFA to use its goal-line technology at the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2012 on 6th-16th December 2012. A number of the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2012 games will be played in the stadiums of Tokyo, where Hawk-Eye will install its camera-based technology. Hawk-Eye is looking forward to working with FIFA during the installation testing, and tournament itself, to bring its world class technology to football.


The final installation test aims to establish the perfect functionality of the system by certifying that the technology performs to the same level once installed in a given stadium, as it did during the system test. Only once the systems pass the installation test, will FIFA give the ‘green light’ for the respective systems to be used in the eight matches of the competition, featuring the club champion from each of FIFA’s six confederations, and the domestic J-League champion.

The final, intrinsic element in the implementation of GLT system is a pre-match check by the match-officials. The match officials are obliged to check the functionality of the GLT system by means of specific tests in both goals, ensuring the system is fully functioning before the first whistle blows.


The Hawk-Eye system is based on numerous high frame rate cameras placed around the stadium focused on each goal mouth, monitoring the ball’s trajectory when it is close to the line. The data from the cameras is fed into a central processing unit that analyses the position of the ball relative to the goal line. If the system recognises that the ball has crossed the goal line, it relays that information in less than one second to devices worn by officials on the field of play.