Technology to be used in May’s Sky Bet Play-Offs
The EFL has today confirmed that Goal-line Technology (GLT) is to be used at this season’s Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Semi-Finals, after proposals for its use next season in the Championship was confirmed at the EGM on the 6th April.
Originally scheduled for ratification at June’s AGM, proposals were brought forward to provide sufficient time to install the required technical infrastructure, ahead of the start of the next league campaign.
GLT will assist referees and their assistants in making crucial decisions where there is doubt as to whether or not the ball has crossed the line. It has been operational at Premier League grounds since the 2013/14 season as well as in selected League Cup ties and at all Play-Off Finals held at Wembley Stadium.
EFL Chief Executive Shaun Harvey has welcomed the GLT decision. He said: “The introduction of Goal-line Technology is a significant step forward for Championship clubs and reflects the importance of the outcome of every single game in the division. We are extremely aware of the difficult decisions facing match officials and this will help PGMOL officials to make the right calls on goal-line incidents, even in the tightest of situations.
“Goal-line Technology has proven to be popular and effective in the Premier League as well as other mainstream sports. I am sure it will also become a welcome and useful addition to our broadcast coverage. It has already proved successful elsewhere in our competitions and I’m confident it will have a similar positive impact week in, week out in the Sky Bet Championship, starting with this year’s Championship Play-Off Semi-Finals.”