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Soccer rule-makers approve goal-line technology

Goal-line technology is coming to soccer.

The decision by the International Football Association Board on Thursday clears FIFA to use the system at the 2014 World Cup. The English Premier League is expected to adopt a system during next season.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter was a member of the panel that accepted test results showing that the Hawk-Eye and GoalRef systems quickly and accurately judge when balls cross the goal line.

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.

The IFAB panel is composed of FIFA and the four British soccer associations.