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Football: Oldest football governing body to become autonomous

The International Football Association Board (IFAB), the oldest existing international football association, is to become autonomous from FIFA, the world governing body's president Sepp Blatter said Monday. IFAB is the only body authorised to change the rules of the game and is currently made up of the four British federations -- The English Football Association, the Scottish Football Association, the Football Association of Wales and Northern Ireland's Irish Football Association -- as well as FIFA.

Football: UEFA seeks end to 'triple punishment'

European football's governing body UEFA on Thursday reiterated its wish that the so-called 'triple punishment' be reconsidered by the panel that governs the laws of the game. Under the current laws, a player who denies an opponent a clear goalscoring opportunity in the box and concedes a penalty should also receive a red card and is therefore automatically suspended for a subsequent fixture.

Football: Premier League set for goal-line technology

At some point during the 2013-14 Premier League season, football history will be made when technology is used to settle a contentious goal-line decision for the first time. The system has already been deployed at last year's FIFA Club World Cup in Japan and this year's Confederations Cup in Brazil, but both tournaments passed off without any controversial goal-mouth incidents.

Adidas unveils its data-tracking smart soccer ball

On the heels of debuting its fitness-tracking soccer cleat, Adidas has unveiled a new miCoach Smart Ball, a soccer ball that can measure the speed, spin, and trajectory of each strike while feeding that data to an iOS device via Bluetooth in real-time. To celebrate the UEFA Champions League Final, the company offered fans a first look at the new ball, as well as other high-tech innovations, at the Adidas Lab at Victoria House in London this weekend.

Hawk-Eye to end Premier League goalline disputes

By Keith Weir LONDON (Reuters) - The Premier League has sought to consign disputes over goalline decisions to the past by introducing technology in the form of the British Hawk-Eye system from next season. All 20 clubs voted to approve the technology, which involves the use of seven cameras behind each goal, at a meeting of Premier League executives on Thursday. The English top flight will be the first domestic league to adopt goalline technology.

Football: Premier League approves goal-line technology

The Premier League has approved the use of goal-line technology in the English top flight from the 2013-14 season onwards, it was announced on Thursday. British-based firm Hawk-Eye was chosen to supply the technology at a meeting attended by the chairmen of the 20 Premier League clubs. "I'm for it and all the other clubs are for it. They are all in favour," Stoke City chairman Peter Coates told Sky Sports television. "(Hawk-Eye) were the preferred bidders and I am sure they got it right."

Champagne wants FIFA executive committee to be directly elected

By Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - Soccer's governing body FIFA needs to change the way its executive committee is selected to make it more representative, a former advisor to president Sepp Blatter said in an interview. The 25 members are currently chosen by the continental confederations, with eight from Europe, four each from Africa and Asia, three each from CONCACAF and South America, one from Oceania, one female representative and the president.

Soccer-Mainz coach baffled by handball interpretation

BERLIN, March 9 (Reuters) - Mainz 05 coach Thomas Tuchel said he no longer understood the interpretation of the handball rule after his own team benefitted from a controversial penalty to beat Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 in the Bundesliga on Saturday. The spot kick was awarded after Bo Svensson's shot appeared to hit Manuel Friedrich's hand, although there looked to be no way the defender could have got out of the way. "It's controversial to say that Manuel Friedrich handled the ball in the area," Tuchel told reporters.

Soccer-FIFA set to let goal-line decisions be shown in stadiums

By Mike Collett EDINBURGH, Scotland, March 1 (Reuters) - Fans in stadiums and watching on TV should see all decisions based on goal-line technology, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Friday before this weekend's meeting of soccer's lawmaking body. FIFA, which approved the use of technology to see if a ball has crossed the goal-line last year following a number of controversial incidents, said earlier that a fourth system has been granted a licence. "It must not be a secret," Blatter told reporters.

Soccer-Fourth goal-line technology system approved by FIFA

ZURICH, March 1 (Reuters) - A fourth system of goal-line technology has been approved and granted a licence, soccer's governing body FIFA said on Friday. FIFA said that the German-produced GoalControl 4D used 14 high-speed cameras placed around the pitch and directed at both goals to determine whether the ball had entered the goal. "The position of the ball is continually and automatically captured in three dimensions as soon as it approaches the goal-line," said FIFA in a statement.
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