Football: Goal-line technology to be used at Copa America

A football on the line of the goal during a presentation of the goal-line technology to give more accuracy to referees, in Rio de Janeiro on June 9, 2014.
A football on the line of the goal during a presentation of the goal-line technology to give more accuracy to referees, in Rio de Janeiro on June 9, 2014. PHOTO: AFP

CHICAGO (AFP) - Goal-line technology will be used in next month's Copa America Centenario, organisers announced on Wednesday, selecting Hawk-Eye as the supplier for the camera replay system.

Five of the 10 top-ranked national teams in the world will take the field for the 100th anniversary edition of the South American tournament, a special event hosted by the United States starting June 3.

Top-ranked Argentina are in the 16-team tournament, which will feature stars such as Lionel Messi, Javier Hernandez, Luis Suarez and James Rodriguez.

The Hawk-Eye system was used at last year's women's World Cup in Canada and is used by Uefa, the English Premier League, German Bundesliga and Italian Serie A.

It will deploy seven cameras for each goal in all 10 stadiums to be used in the Copa America, using vibration and visual signals on each match official's watch to indicate a goal within one second of the ball crossing the goal line.

Such technology is unprecedented for South and North American events.

The Copa Centenario opens June 3 when the US entertain Colombia at Santa Clara, California.