BERLIN -- World soccer chief Joseph "Sepp" Blatter expects goal-line technology to be introduced next season, and it also should be featured at the next World Cup in 2014, along with professional referees.
Speaking in various newspaper interviews published on Tuesday, Blatter said that his ruling body, the FIFA, is finally ready to make use of goal-line technology, pending approval next year.
"You must allow at least one of those aids, and that is goal-line technology. There are systems that combine accuracy, speed and are straightforward. We are ready to use this technique," Blatter told Germany's Bild.
Blatter, 75, reiterated that the International Football Association Board is to reach a decision on the technology in March and that it can be used from the 2012-13 season onward if approved.
FIFA long opposed modern technology gaining entry into the game, but enhanced technology and high-profile incidents -- such as Frank Lampard's shot at the 2010 World Cup against Germany, which went over the line off the bar but went unseen by the referee -- have led to a new approach.
"FIFA cannot accept again what happened in South Africa: a ball that was 70 centimeters in goal was called out," Blatter told Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport.
If approved and successful, the technology will also be used at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, for which Blatter also announced professional referees.
"We at FIFA will only use professional referees for the 2014 World Cup," Blatter said.
The remark came in response to whether the pressure on those involved in the game was becoming too big, with Wales manager Gary Speed taking his life and German referee Babak Rafaki attempting suicide.
"We must be careful concerning sweeping statements. I don't want to blame anyone for the suicide of coaches or referees.
"But you can say in general terms: yes, there is too much pressure on referees. Why? Because there are federations such as the German one which don't have professionals.
"You are no longer nominated if you make two or three mistakes. You are paid per game. There is fear for existence as well. That is a problem you have to tackle in Germany. The Italians, French, English -- they are doing everything right.
"It cannot be that referees are back at their desk a day after a match. They need security, professional contracts. In this way they will also be respected more by fans and players."
Blatter also suggested in Gazetta to reduce the number of teams, from 20 in many big national leagues, to bring down the number of games per season.
"The current schedule is not sustainable," he said.
Blatter also told Bild that a woman must finally be elected into the FIFA leadership, and reiterated in the wake of various affairs that he wasn't corrupt and would not resign because he needed to steer FIFA into calmer waters.
"There comes a day when you have to say enough," Blatter told Gazzetta. "I am reorganizing FIFA, then in 2015 I leave it in someone else's hands."