* Ten potential systems to be tested
* Stray dogs, tights also on the agenda
BERNE, Feb 4 Soccer's rule-makers will consider
the results from tests on 10 different goal-line technology
systems when they meet for their annual meeting in Cardiff next
Stray dogs and players' tights will also be on the agenda of
the International Football Association Board on March 5 but
technology will doubtless command the fullest attention after
the issue was revived during last year's World Cup.
The IFAB had dismissed the use of goal-line systems one year
ago but the debate was re-ignited by England's disallowed goal
in the World Cup second round match against Germany, when
replays showed the ball clearly over the line.
FIFA said on Friday the proposed systems would be tested
next week by the Zurich-based research institute EMPA.
The use of video technology, which could help the referee
decide on a handball or offside decision, will not be up for
discussion in Cardiff.
The IFAB will hear an update on the so-called five referees
experiment -- which features an extra linesman behind each goal
and is being touted as an alternative to the use of goal-line
technology -- and the possibility of using it at Euro 2012.
UEFA president Michel Platini is a fervent supporter.
The meeting's agenda includes seven relatively minor
proposals for rule changes, ranging from the colour of players'
tights to the unlikely event of the ball bursting when a penalty
is being taken.
The law governing players' kit currently states that "if
undershorts are worn, they must be of the same main colour as
The new version inserts the word "tights" after undershorts
and, if passed, could avoid controversies such as the one last
year involving Bayern Munich's Dutch winger Arjen Robben, who
wore grey long-johns under his red kit.
The IFAB also wants to give referees clearer guidance on how
to handle stray dogs, unofficial balls and other objects on the
One proposed change could prevent unscrupulous coaches from
disrupting play by having spare balls thrown onto the field
while the opposition is attacking, a tactic that has been used
in South America.
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