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Football Association general secretary Alex Horne has admitted that the Premier League could introduce goal-line technology in time for the 2012-13 season.
There have been numerous instances when TV replays have shown that match officials have made crucial errors, with Frank Lampard's effort for England against Germany in the 2010 World Cup a notable recent example.
Horne believes that ongoing tests into the accuracy of various systems could be completed, and given FIFA approval, in time for the start of the next top-flight campaign.
One of the systems on trial, 'Goalminder', is due to be analysed in front of FIFA's testers at League One club Rochdale's Spotland home ground on Thursday night.
"It's possible we could see [goal-line technology] in the Premier League as early as 2012-13," Horner said.
"It's easy to make mistakes and we've all seen examples where the referee and assistant referee can't see if a ball has crossed the line or not.
"We need to support them in decision-making."
Horne's assertions are at odds with comments he made just last month, however, when he claimed the testing would not be completed in time.
Nine systems are being tested by a FIFA-employed authority with a final decision on which system might be used due to be made by the game's law-makers on the eve of next season in July.
Horne admitted that the tight turnaround could prohibit the introduction for next season.
He added: "Whether there is enough time for the technology to be bought, paid for and put into any league or competition for next season, I'm not sure.
"It would be really tight - but it might be possible for next season."
Date: 2011-11-24 16:48:53