(CBS/AP) – Was it a goal, or wasn’t it?

The question shouldn’t need to be debated in the next five weeks in Brazil, where goal-line technology will be used for the first time in a World Cup.

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Fourteen cameras — seven trained on each goalmouth — have been hung up in all 12 World Cup stadiums. The cameras will record 500 images per seconds, and a computer will digest the frames. Within a second of a ball crossing the line, the referee’s special watch will vibrate and flash “GOAL.”

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End of the debate? It should be. The designer of the system says 2,400 tests have been run in Brazil, without a mistake. The only question is the cost. FIFA says it’s confidential.

Adds Dirk Broichhausen, head of the company GoalControl: “Sorry, nothing about costs. But this is the future.”

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