Football League agrees to use goalline technology in Championship

Mark Dobson
The EFL chief executive, Shaun Harvey, sees goalline technology as an ‘important addition’ to next season’s Championship. Photograph: Rebecca Naden/Reuters

The Football League has agreed in principle to use goalline technology in the Championship next season. The proposal was made at a meeting of Championship clubs on Thursday and will be voted on at the league’s annual general meeting in June.

The decision is likely to pave the way for Hawk-Eye technology to be introduced to clarify whether the ball has crossed the line. This has proved to be a success in the Premier League since its approval in 2013. The system is already used in the latter stages of the EFL Cup and play-offs.

The EFL chief executive, Shaun Harvey, said: “I welcome the decision of our clubs to introduce goalline technology into the EFL. [Professional Game Match Officials Limited] officials do an incredible job and this decision is about providing our match officials with as much support as possible to ensure they are best placed to make the right calls in even the most difficult of situations. The technology is widely adopted elsewhere in football, including in two of our competitions, and I therefore welcome it as an important addition to the Sky Bet Championship from next season.”

Championship managers have frequently called for officials in the division to be given the same help afforded to their Premier League counterparts. The Bristol City manager, Lee Johnson, said after their 3-2 defeat by Wolverhampton Wanderers in December: “We really do need cameras and a Hawk-Eye setup so we can be sure when these things happen. It has happened to us too many times this season and it’s reached the stage where I go into every game expecting it.”

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