Non-Invasive Soccer Goal Line Technology: A Real Case Study

Year: 2013

Authors: Spagnolo P., Mazzeo P. L., Leo M., Nitti M., Stella E., Distante A.

Autors Affiliation: INO-CNR

Abstract: In this paper, a real case study on a Goal Line Monitoring system is presented. The core of the paper is a refined ball detection algorithm that analyzes candidate ball
regions to detect the ball. A decision making approach, by means of camera calibration, decides about the goal event occurrence. Differently from other similar approaches, the proposed one provides, as unquestionable proof, the image sequence that records the goal event under consideration.
Moreover, it is non-invasive: it does not require any change in the typical football devices (ball, goal posts, and so on).
Extensive experiments were performed on both real matches acquired during the Italian Serie A championship, and specific evaluation tests by means of an artificial impact wall
and a shooting machine for shot simulation. The encouraging experimental results confirmed that the system could help humans in ambiguous goal line event detection.

Conference title: 1st IEEE International Workshop on Computer Vision in Sports, in conjuction with CVPR 2013
Place: Portland, Oregan, USA

KeyWords: sport analysis; computer vision; multicamera systems