Goal-line technology will be introduced at next year’s World Club Championship, FIFA president Sepp Blatter has revealed.
FIFA had planned to use the technology in this year’s World Cup but dropped the idea after trials had proved inconclusive.
“In 2005 we did different tests at the Under-17 World Cup in Peru but the evidence wasn’t clear so we will continue to carry out trials in junior competitions in 2007,” Blatter told a news conference in Madrid.
“We will then use it at the 2007 World Club Championship and offer its use at other FIFA competitions too.”
Blatter said Fifa had no plans to extend the use of technology to cover controversial issues such as offisde.
“We need to have better training for referees and especially linesmen,” he added.
“Referees need to be professional and the linesmen must be specialists. The 2009 Confederations Cup will only use specialist linesmen.”