FIFA will introduce goal-line technology for the first time at the Club World Cup in an effort to accurately judge when balls cross the goal line.
The magnetic-field-based system of GoalRef will be used at Yokohama Stadium while Toyota Stadium will be equipped with the camera-based Hawk-Eye system. The seven-team tournament begins on Thursday when New Zealand's Auckland City faces Japan's Sanfrecce Hiroshima at Yokohama Stadium.
''Tomorrow will be the first time that goal-line technology will be officially used in a game,'' FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke said Wednesday. ''The tests are done; and the installation tests were successful.''
Hawk-Eye is a British camera-based system already used in tennis and cricket. GoalRef is a Danish-German project using magnetic sensors to track a special ball.
Before each match, officials will test the system is working in both goals.
The referee will continue to have full autonomy in making any final decision during the match, using goa...