On 1 October 2005, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) held its Annual Business Meeting in the JW Marriott Hotel in Lima. The Board met in the Peruvian capital during the ongoing FIFA U-17 World Championship Peru 2005, the first FIFA tournament to use goal-line technology.

The general outcome of this meeting was that IFAB, FIFA, the referees and those responsible for this system – adidas, Cairos and the Fraunhofer-Institut – are convinced that goal-line technology could have a positive future. However, further improvements will be required to be made to this system following its first test in a competition environment.

As decided at the IFAB Annual General Meeting in Wales on 26 February 2005, goal-line technology will also be tested at the FIFA Club World Championship TOYOTA Cup Japan 2005, which will take place from 11 to 18 December. The 120th Annual General Meeting of the IFAB in Zurich on 4 March 2006 will then decide whether goal-line technology is to be used at the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ in Germany.

Goal-line technology is a form of technical support for referees.

Further information from:

FIFA Media Department – Tel.: +41-43/222 7272 – Fax: +41-43/222 7373 – E-mail: media@fifa.org