Certification process

The end result of repeated testing

The final installation test acknowledges that a system which was previously thoroughly tested during the system tests has been correctly set up in the stadium in question. It therefore assesses that a system previously known to work has been installed correctly to provide the same performance in a particular venue.

Acceptance form

Following receipt of a positive final installation test by the test institute, the provider obtains the signature from the test institute and the competition organiser on a predefined acceptance form. This is then submitted to FIFA and if all is in order, the installation is certified.

FIFA Quality PRO

Once FIFA certifies an installation, it can be used for official matches for 12 months and is listed on the FIFA website as a certified installation during that period. A retest is necessary once certification expires.

Test Overview: Goal-line technology system test

  • Laboratory tests

    The laboratory tests that a goal-line technology system must pass as part of the system test include a programme involving simulated use of various components to assess the system's performance over a certain period. The tests are conducted by FIFA-accredited test institutes for goal-line technology.

    The following system components are tested in the laboratory:

    • Football: compliance with the international standard for footballs (FIFA Quality Programme for Footballs)
    • Referee's watch: testing of the signal transmission, the quality of the display and the durability of the watch according to international standards
    • Other components: identification and testing of other key elements of the system
  • Field tests

    Based on IFAB principles, the goal-line technology system is tested to determine its performance and reliability. The FIFA-accredited test institute thus conducts static and dynamic tests as well as real-game situations on the pitch in daylight and at night.

    • Shots on the goal and the goal netting
    • Shots on an impact wall with unobstructed and obstructed views
    • Sled test across the goal line
    • Various weather scenarios
  • Real game situations

    Finally, the system is installed in two different stadiums and tested in official training sessions, where its performance is monitored by the FIFA-accredited test institute. Only if the system works, i.e. by accurately detecting whether a goal was scored or not, will it receive the FIFA licence for use in official matches according to the Laws of the Game.