Bundesliga to Unveil Goal-Line Technology During 2015-16 Season

On Thursday, December 4th, 2014, Bundesliga officials stated that the German First-Division would be implementing goal-line technology (GLT) for the 2015-16 season on July 1st, 2015. After an initial proposal introduced by FC Bayern Munich, the reigning Bundesliga Champion, for the league to adopt GLT, the 18 top-flight clubs met in Frankfurt, Germany to put it to a vote and decided in favor of installing GLT after a two-thirds majority vote of 15-3. This is the second vote this year that has been called about GLT

Christopher Woody of Sports Illustrated reports that a three-year operating contract was awarded to Hawk-Eye, a FIFA-approved vender who also provides GLT to the Barclays Premier League since the start of the 2013/14 season as well as the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. . The system makes use of 14 cameras fitted beneath the stadium roof to review any goal-line activity with a signal sent to a receiver worn by the referee if the ball fully crosses the goal line.

Reinhard Rauball, President of the DFL, Deutsche Fußball Liga GmbH (German Football League) believes that “it’s the right step forward for German football, and a help for the referees.” According to DFL executive Andres Rettig the new system will cost “less than $9,900 per Bundesliga match.” Rettig later stated that, “We are delighted that we can begin the new season with the HawkEye from July onwards.”

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