The International Football Association Board ruled on Thursday that goal-line technology will be implemented. The ruling stressed that the two technical solutions will only be used for goal-line rulings. The IFAB also approved the two additional assistant referees that have been in place for the UEFA club tournaments and Euro 2012.
"Today, 5 July 2012 is an historic day for international football and for the IFAB," FIFA president Sepp Blatter said in a Q&A with FIFA.com. "We are in the 127th year of this organisation’s existence. It is their decision to bring technology into the game, but only goal-line technology. It’s a very modern decision to apply this to football. It is so important because the objective of football is to score goals. With the new techniques and the new tactics, it’s difficult to score goals, so it helps to use technology to help identify when a goal is scored. It’s a help to the referee. There was a call for this technology and now I can say that we did it."