Conmebol awards VAR contract to Hawk-Eye

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The South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) has awarded the tender for the provision of the VAR video-refereeing system for the 2019-2022 cycle to the English company Hawk-Eye Innovations Limited.

Hawk-Eye has been given a four-year mandate to implement VAR systems at the Copa Libertadores, Copa Sudamericana and Recopa Sudamericana through to the 2022 season.

The implementation will begin once the round of knockout phase starts in the two continental club tournaments.

According to a Conmebol statement, Hawk-Eye was chosen for its “reliable and innovative arbitration solutions” after a bidding process that involved five other companies.

Hawk-Eye, which competed with four other companies, “is a leading innovator in sports technology, a pioneer in the implementation of the VAR, which offers reliable and innovative arbitration solutions,” states Conmebol.

The document added that the service includes the equipment of the Arbitral Technological Training Center located in the headquarters of the Conmebol, in the Paraguayan city of Luque, which will be available for the referees of the continental competitions and for the associations that comprise it.

The Conmebol introduced the VAR in its tournaments in 2017, year in which it was used from the semi-final phase.

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