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photo from dailymail.co.uk Calling from the English supporters will be heard and answered comes 2 June 2012. FIFA has given England the green light for Hawk-Eye (goal-line) technology to be tested at Wembley Stadium when England play host

photo from dailymail.co.uk

Calling from the English supporters will be heard and answered comes 2 June 2012. FIFA has given England the green light for Hawk-Eye (goal-line) technology to be tested at Wembley Stadium when England play host to Belgium.  

FIFA website stated the Hawk-Eye technology will be put through its paces by independent testers EMPA during the sold-out international, which is the Three Lions’ final preparation game for UEFA EURO 2012. The fixture follows on from a previous test during the Hampshire FA Senior Cup final at St. Mary’s Stadium in Southampton on 16 May. 

So how does this Hawk-Eye technology work? According to Hawk-Eye Wikipedia search, it shows that the technology is based on the principle of triangulation using the visual images and timing data provided by high-speed video cameras at different locations around the area of play. The system uses six, spread out, high speed cameras to triangulate and track the ball in flight. The software calculates the ball’s location for each frame by identifying the pixels that correspond to the ball through at least two cameras. The high speed cameras allow the ball to be tracked even if they only cross the line for a fraction of a second. 

In fact, Hawk-Eye is not the only system undergoing testing now, another system, GoalRef, a German-Danish technology, is already being tested in the Danish Super League this year. But despite declaring myself as a beautiful game lover, I would still prefer a little more human touch in the game; no goal-line technology. Ultimately, futbol is a human sport and the small human errors do make futbol games interesting, isn’t it! 

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