FIFA will next week launch tests into 10 companies' goal-line technology systems which if successful should lead to the principle being adopted at a meeting of the game's law-makers in March.
The Zurich-based research institution EMPA will carry out the tests between February 7-13, FIFA have announced.
Each system will have to demonstrate they meet the criteria of being 100pc accurate, and can relay the decision automatically to referees within a second.
The results will then be announced at the meeting of the International FA Board meeting at Celtic Manor, near Newport, on March 5.
It is expected that if some of the systems do prove they meet the criteria then FIFA will consent to the principle of goal-line technology being approved, with the next step being an experimental phase in selected competitions.