The GAA have confirmed that score-detection technology will be trialled at one of the forthcoming Dublin Spring Series games at Croke Park.
GAA president Christy Cooney announced on Tuesday that, as part of a feasibility study under the direction of English-based company Hawk-Eye, the technology would be tested at one of the games over the next few weeks, possibly the Dublin v Mayo league game on March 20.
Hawk-Eye representatives have already been to Croke Park to test their technology and will use the cameras on a trial basis at one of the Dublin games.
The game with Kerry on Saturday came too soon for the trial, but the match against Mayo, or possibly the final game against Down, will see a trio of Hawk-Eye cameras behind one of the goals to determine if it can work.
“We will use this game for a proper trial and the referee will be linked up as well,” said Cooney. “We want it with a crowd in Croke Park, so we can judge it better. We will give it a proper evaluation and then make a proper decision. Score-detection is the only thing we are talking about,” said Cooney.
Earlier this year the GAA released a statement outlining that Hawk-Eye technology would not be deployed at any game in 2011.
If score-detection technology is to be introduced it will require significant rule changes, but referees will still have the right to make their own decision on scores.
It is understood that the service to officials may not involve a human interface, so it will not operate along the lines of the rugby’s television match official. Judgment will be delivered to the officials automatically.
“At the end of the day the referee’s decision won’t change, because it will still be the decision of the referee,” stressed Cooney. “This is an aid and an assist for refs.”