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Uefa to issue tender for VAR and GLT technology companies

VAR checks Slavia Prague's first goal during the UEFA Champions League group F match against Borussia Dortmund (by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Uefa has said it will launch a tender process for the provision of various technology services to be deployed at certain competitions from 2021 onwards, including men’s and women’s club and national team football tournaments.

Uefa said it is “particularly keen” to open a dialogue with companies or consortiums capable of delivering turn-key solutions relevant to technologies including: Video Assistant Referee (VAR); Goal Line Technology (GLT); Player Performance Tracking Data (EPTS); and Coaching and Medical Review AV Feed Services.

Uefa said in a statement: “Through this process, Uefa is hoping to enhance its understanding and awareness of relevant service providers (by reference to the accuracy and reliability of their solutions) and their capability to meet Uefa’s demanding operational expectations.”

Companies wishing to take part in the tender process have been invited to contact Uefa by January 31. Uefa added that it plans to host a technology workshop in March at its headquarters in Nyon, and companies who register their interest to participate in the tender process may be invited to demonstrate their solutions.

In September 2018, European football’s governing body approved the introduction of VAR in the Champions League, with a view to the system also being used at Euro 2020. Uefa had previously been resistant to such technology, with former president Michel Platini instead introducing extra match officials placed beside each goal in an effort to provide extra guidance on controversial incidents during games.

However, the Uefa Executive Committee ruled VAR would be used in the 2019-20 Champions League, from the play-off stage of the competition. In addition, it was decided that VAR would also be used at the 2019 Super Cup, the annual meeting between the winners of the Champions League and Europa League.

At the time, Uefa said it planned to subsequently extend the use of VAR at the final tournament of Euro 2020, in the 2020-21 Europa League and in the 2021 Nations League Finals.

Uefa appointed the Hawk-Eye technology company to provide goal-line technology at all Euro 2016 matches. At the time, Hawk-Eye was also chosen to provide the technology at the 2016 Uefa Super Cup and in the 2016-17 Champions League.