SPORT SPECIAL: Sepp Blatter’s Goal-Line Time-Line 2002 to 2012


This is for those of you without the time I afford on such trivial matters.  This is the definitive Blatter Goal-line Time-line.

Unfortunately for those who hate Blatter,  he look pretty proactive and sympathetic when England are concerned.

Outside of this he does his level best to do his level worst.  Here lies the truth behind the lethargy and stonewalling.

I’ve included a lead-in discussing video-technology – this is not necessarily correct for the discussion but sets the scene in 2002 following a number of referreing “gaffs”  at the World Cup.

I’ve gone back ten years and taken the top-line from article on the BBC News website.  Enjoy the heel-dragging in all it’s glory.

 June 2002

Fifa president Sepp Blatter announces plans to experiment with a ‘penalty box official’ following widespread criticism of refereeing standards at the World Cup.

December 2002

Fifa president Sepp Blatter has ruled out the use of video technology to assist referees.

January 2005

Fifa has confirmed that the International Football Association Board (IFAB), the body that considers rule changes, will consider the issue of goal-line technology at its meeting on 26 February.

September 2005

Fifa president Sepp Blatter goal-line technology will be used at the 2006 World Cup in Germany if a trial run in Peru is successful.

November 2006 

Fifa president Sepp Blatter expects to have some kind of goal-line technology in place by next year’s World Club Championship in Tokyo.
The chief of football’s world governing body said it would either be a system with a chip-embedded ball triggering a sensor, or using a goal-line camera.

“I am sure that at the end of 2007 when we play the World Club Cup then we will have goal-line technology,” he said.

March 2008

Fifa president Sepp Blatter says goal-line technology experiments were stopped because of reliability issues and its unsuitability for football.

March 2009

Fifa president Sepp Blatter has repeated his belief that goal-line technology is unworkable, despite Chelsea being denied a goal when Didier Drogba’s free-kick crossed the line in the Champions League game with Juventus.

June 2010

Fifa president Sepp Blatter has apologised to the Football Association over Frank Lampard’s disallowed goal in England’s World Cup defeat by Germany.

Blatter told a press conference the error had convinced him to reopen the debate on goal-line technology at a board meeting in July.

August 2010

Fifa president Sepp Blatter says goal-line technology will be discussed at October’s International Football Association Board (IFAB) meeting

May 2011

Football’s world governing body Fifa will hold a two-stage testing programme for goal-line technology, with the results to be discussed in July 2012.

Interested suppliers must apply by 3 June and the first tests will be held between September and December.

July 2011 

Goal-line technology could be used in the Premier League as early as the start of the 2012-13 season.

The law-making International Football Association Board will rule in March 2012 on whether to approve the system.

If it gets the green light then Fifa boss Sepp Blatter says leagues can use it from the start of the 2012-13 season, if “accurate and affordable”.

Premier League boss Richard Scudamore has said England’s top flight will use it as soon as it is allowed .

Blatter added that goal-line technology could also be used at the 2014 World Cup.

June 2012

Fifa president Sepp Blatter has renewed his call for the introduction of goal-line technology after a controversial incident in England’s 1-0 win over Ukraine helped eliminate the co-hosts.

Sepp Blatter Declares Goal Line Tech A ‘Necessity’ (sic) – I think they were in a rush to get the headline out today.

July 2012

Goal-line technology has finally won approval following a vote by International Football Association Board(IFAB) members in Zurich

December 2012

System was successfully trialed at the Club World Cup in December and will be trailed in the Confederations Cup Summer 2013.

February 2013

Fifa has confirmed goal-line technology will be used at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.