ZURICH -- Soccer gave its stamp of approval Thursday to goal-line technology and headscarves for female Muslim players.
Also adopted was a proposal for a five-referee system to officiate matches -- placing an additional assistant beside each goal.
The three decisions will be "long-lasting and resonate throughout the world," said Patrick Nelson, chief executive of the Northern Ireland association.
FIFA said it will introduce the goal-line mechanism at the seven-team Club World Cup in Japan in December, with plans to use it in Brazil at the 2013 Confederations Cup and 2014 World Cup.
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