FIFA’s club showpiece was where it all began for GLT back in 2012 when Hawk-Eye and GoalRef made history in Japan. The GoalControl-4D system was then chosen for the 2013 edition and also featured at the FIFA Confederations Cup 2013 and 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, where football fans got a true taste of how crucial the technology is in supporting the match officials.
The German-based company has started to set up GoalControl-4D in Marrakech and Rabat, which will feature eight matches between 10-20 December culminating in the crowning of a champion at the Stade de Marrakech.
GoalControl-4D is equipped with 14 high-speed cameras located around the pitch, with seven cameras focussing on each goalmouth. Using special detection software, the ball is filtered out from the image sequences and its real-time position is automatically calculated as X, Y and Z coordinates as well as speed, making it 4D. The indication of whether a goal has been scored is confirmed automatically within one second by a vibration and visual signal on each match official’s watch.
The use of the system in Morocco will be subject to a final installation test at each stadium, which is a standard procedure as part of the official certification process defined in the GLT Testing Manual. These tests will be conducted by an independent test institute. Prior to the start of every game, the match officials will also carry out their own tests, in-line with the operational procedures approved by the International Football Association Board (IFAB).