5th October, 2011

The introduction of goal-line technology is likely to be delayed by another 12 months until the start of the 2013-14 season.

Fifa president Sepp Blatter has indicated that the hi-tech aids could become law by July 1 and individual leagues, including the GhanaPremier League, could start to use them from the start of next season.

But FA general secretary Alex Horne, who is also a member of the law-making International Football Association Board, doubts whether the system could be up and running that quickly. “I think that'll be too late for season 2012-13,” to told reporters at the Leaders in Football conference. “I think it'll be 2013-14 because there's then a big capital decision-making process for any league or any competition who want to apply it.

“Do you have one technology for a competition, do you have multiple technologies for multiple competitions? There are big, big decisions for competitions to take.”

Horne said that details of private trials of the first phase of tests of different goal-line technology systems will be released “over the next few days”.