The development of the modern football has reached a new milestone as SELECT’s iBall will be the cornerstone in the further development of a goal line technology within FIFA.

FIFA has published a preliminary decision to end the ongoing discussion about how the future football referee is made able to assess whether the ball has crossed the goal line. FIFA has chosen to base their further development on the SELECT iBall which is the world’s first intelligent football due to its ability to communicate that it has crossed the goal line.

SELECT’s iBall is the football in the GoalRef system which has been tested by FIFA in the last months and now has been singled out for further development so that the system can be used for professional football games in the future.

Peter Knap, CEO of SELECT, has been developing the extraordinary ball for years as it has had to live up to a variety of demands. He explains about the iBall:

"It’s a challenging work to design an intelligent ball that can withstand Ronaldo’s kick and at the same time be able to communicate with a system on the goal line. But at SELECT we have been developing the football for more than 65 years so we have a solid head start when it comes to ensuring quality in new solutions".

Not many people around the world know that SELECT is the company behind the modern football. But exactly the long heritage within development makes it a natural result that it would be the Danish company which ended up creating the world’s first intelligent football. An intelligent football which has now received recognition from FIFA.

"With a certain sense of pride, we can now say that SELECT has been behind the four most important steps in the development of the modern football. From the first laceless leather ball, to the first ball with 32 panels, on to the first synthetic leather ball. And as we can say now, the world’s first intelligent football. At SELECT we have a deep insight into the very nature of the sport and that enables us to create the best professional sporting articles", says Peter Knap.  

SELECT is the ball manufacturer behind iBall. The complete GoalRef system has been developed along with the German Fraunhofer IIS, which is part of Europe’s largest application-oriented research organization, The Fraunhofer Society. Project leader Ingmar Bretz from the Fraunhofer IIS explains:

"For us to achieve this, it has been vital to have a reliable partner in Select. Select has many years of development experience from the history of GoalRef and their knowhow within ball production has been vital for the success of Goalref".

The intelligent football iBall works through an internal web of copper wire, which uses induction to communicate with a panel of antennas mounted to the goal frame. The very same second the entire ball has passed the goal line, the system sends a signal to the referee’s wristwatch, and the referee can instantly call it as a goal.  

FIFA’s acknowledgement of the technology is the finest proof that the iBall is on its way to live up to all of the tough demands of modern football in terms of precision, speed and quality. By this acknowledgement, SELECT has achieved another milestone in the development of the football.