In the last two weeks the system that is based on 14 high speed cameras and works in conjunction with the GoalRef™-timing system proved itself at the FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil 2013, when it was put to use for the first time. Dirk Broichhausen, the MD for GoalControl GmbH, who was at the final in Rio reported: 'our system correctly showed all the goals in the tournament and also the goals in the penalty shoot-outs in the semi-final between Spain and Italy and the match for third place.' The FIFA delegates in charge constantly checked the functionality of the 'GoalControl-4D' in action during the 16 games in the six stadiums. Broichhausen summarised it as follows: 'we are looking forward to the FIFA World Cup next year.'

The replay function of 'GoalControl-4D', that makes it possible that every movement of the ball and the time when the ball crosses the goal line is marked down exactly, was also put to use for the first time successfully in Brazil. This made it possible to identify the actual goal scorer Astori in the match for third place when Italy took the lead 1:0. Further advantages of GoalControl are: the excellent flexibility – you can toy around with all standard ball situations, goals and the goal net.

Broichhausen was especially grateful to his team that was there in person and made sure the system was available: 'if you are away from home for up to 9 weeks and you then see the excellent result, then you are especially proud. Everyone did an excellent job.'

Broichhausen was also full of praise to the world football governing body FIFA: 'right from the start we felt as if we were part of the FIFA family. It didn't matter what questions or what topics came up, we had a great team work ethic and the decision making process was effective. GoalControl was not just seen as a contracted supplier, but as an integral, highly valued partner. Of course this motivates you a lot and is fun.'
GoalControl will now also concentrate more and more on the national leagues and associations, their league set-ups and also the cup competitions. Due to an encouraging large number of interested parties, mainly the league associations and the football clubs, things will move forward step by step.

Broichhausen commented: 'we will increase our number of staff on a national and international level to make sure that our set up improves both on a technical basis and also within the organisational and administration set up.'