Saturday 23 September 2017

Championship to use goal-line technology for next month's play-offs

General view inside the GDS truck during the Goal Decision System (GDS) media event at the Emirates Stadium on August 8, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
General view inside the GDS truck during the Goal Decision System (GDS) media event at the Emirates Stadium on August 8, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Matt Slater

Goal-line technology will be used in next month's Championship play-off semi-finals before being rolled out for use throughout the Championship's next season from August.

Originally scheduled for approval at June's English Football League annual general meeting, the use of goal-line technology was confirmed at an extraordinary general meeting last week in order to give clubs more time to install the necessary infrastructure.

This earlier-than-expected start has enabled the league to confirm on Wednesday that the four play-off semi-final matches played between May 13-17 will also have the system in place.

The technology, which tells match officials if the ball has crossed the goal line or not, has been used in the Premier League since 2013, as well as in some League Cup ties and the EFL play-off finals at Wembley.

EFL chief executive Shaun Harvey said: "The introduction of goal-line technology is a significant step forward for Championship clubs and reflects the importance of the outcome of every single game in the division.

"We are extremely aware of the difficult decisions facing match officials and this will help officials to make the right calls on goal-line incidents, even in the tightest of situations.

"Goal-line technology has proven to be popular and effective in the Premier League as well as other mainstream sports. I am sure it will also become a welcome and useful addition to our broadcast coverage.

"It has already proved successful elsewhere in our competitions and I'm confident it will have a similar positive impact week in, week out in the Sky Bet Championship, starting with this year's Championship play-off semi-finals."

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