LFP cancels GoalControl contract and seeks new GLT provider

Termination follows several months of expressed discontent with German system.

LFP cancels GoalControl contract and seeks new GLT provider

The French Football League (LFP), the organising body for Ligue 1 and Ligue 2, has terminated the contract with goal-line technology (GLT) provider GoalControl after a series of glitches with the system.

The LFP had suspended the use of the German system, first deployed in soccer at the 2014 World Cup, back on 11th January after repeatedly expressing its discontent with the technology but has now completely cancelled the deal.

According to L'Equipe newspaper, the league will launch a tender in February to find a new GLT partner.

In an email seen by the French daily, the director general of the LFP, Didier Quillot, wrote to the board members of the league: ‘Given the many anomalies in the solution provided by GoalControl, we have agreed to immediately terminate the contract by mutual agreement, without further action or compensation from each.

‘A call for tenders will be launched in early February to choose a new provider to provide the Goal Line Technology (GLT). We will present the results of this call for tenders at the board of directors meeting on March 21.’

Goal-line technology entered soccer after a goal was wrongly not awarded during England’s defeat to Germany at the 2010 World Cup.

Fifa is already focused on fast-tracking the next phase of technological officiating aids - video assistant referees - for the World Cup in June.

Goal-line technology and VAR were provided by Hawk-Eye at the Confederations Cup last year.