Paris - UEFA will introduce goal-line technology to its competitions in time
for this season's Champions League and Europa League finals, European
football's governing body announced on Friday.
A decision to bring
in the technology (GLT) in time for Euro 2016 and for next season's
Champions League had already been announced in January, but will now
also be in place for the Champions League final in Milan on May 28 and
the Europa League showpiece in Basel, Switzerland, on May 18.
technology, which determines whether the ball has completely crossed the
line, is already used in the English Premier League, Italy's Serie A,
the German Bundesliga and Ligue 1 in France.
World governing body FIFA also brought it in for the 2014 Soccer World Cup in Brazil after a series of successful trials.
confirmed in January that GLT would be used in the European
Championship in France in June and July and in the Champions League from
next season, and added that it would likely ultimately be extended to
all UEFA competitions.
However, former general secretary Gianni
Infantino, now the FIFA president, has admitted that fitting all grounds
with the necessary technology would be a logistical headache,
particularly in a competition as extensive as the Europa League.
in countries where the technology is already in place, a different
system is used in France to that used in England, Germany and Italy.
have said that, in conjunction with GLT, they will continue to use
additional assistant referees to monitor activity in each penalty area.