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Goal-line technology to be used in Championship play-off semi-finals

Date Posted,April 12, 2017

Goal-line technology will be used in next month’s Championship play-off semi-finals before being rolled out for use throughout next season from August.

Originally scheduled for approval at June’s English Football League annual general meeting, the use of goal-line technology was confirmed at an extraordinary general meeting last week in order to give clubs more time to install the necessary infrastructure.

This earlier-than-expected start has enabled the league to confirm on Wednesday that the four play-off semi-final matches played between May 13-17 will also have the system in place.

The technology, which tells match officials if the ball has crossed the goal line or not, has been used in the Premier League since 2013, as well as in some League Cup ties and the EFL play-off finals at Wembley.

Hull City players celebrate at Wembley last season (Photo: Getty Images)
Fans make their way down Wembley way ahead of the Championship Play-Off Final at Wembley Stadium
Fans make their way down Wembley way (Photo: PA)

EFL chief executive Shaun Harvey 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 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.”

Referee Robert Madley and match officials check the goal-line technology
Referee Robert Madley and match officials check the goal-line technology (Photo: Getty)
Ben Foster drops the ball behind him but the goal line technology shows the ball wasn't fully over the line
How the current system works (Photo: BT Sport)

Play-off dates


May 13 – Semi-final first leg (5:30pm)

May 14 – Semi-final first leg (12pm)

May 16 – Semi-final second leg (7:45pm)

May 17 – Semi-final second leg (7:45pm)

May 29 – Play-off final (3pm)

League One

May 4 – Semi-final first legs (both 7:45pm)

May 7 – Semi-final second legs (both 6:30pm)

May 20 – Play-off final (3pm)

League Two

May 14 – Semi-final first legs (both 6:30pm)

May 18 – Semi-final second legs (both 7:45pm)

May 28 – Play-off final (3pm)

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