Video assistant referees set to be used at World Cup
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Mar 05, 2018,
Mar 05, 2018, 0:09
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Video technology has been fully approved for use within football from the World Cup onwards, despite the game's rule makers admitting it is still plagued by problems.
"The decision on the World Cup in Russian Federation on VAR will be taken at the next Council meeting in Colombia on 16 March", said President Infantino, though he confirmed that he was "very positive about VAR".
"As of today, video assistant refereeing is part of football", said FIFA president Gianni Infantino in a statement.
Elleray said 40 countries have been using, trialling or are interested in VAR technology. In 18 months of trials worldwide, reviews have been slower than promised and communication is often unclear in the stadium.
"It's nearly ideal. Perfection in our world does not exist, but VAR certainly gets us closer". Some have argued that it still slows down the game too much, and that the process of using it is too opaque for fans.
Top European leagues including Germany's Bundesliga and Italy's Serie A implement it but opinions remain divided.
VAR was used at the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2017.
It is expected that any domestic league or competition would have to adopt VAR protocols for every game.
Next season, VAR will debut in the French Ligue 1.
Still, the International Football Association Board's approval was expected on Saturday because FIFA controls four of the eight votes.
So there will be VAR at the World Cup? .
Asked about reported hostility towards video review with the Premier League, Glenn said he believed English clubs understood the benefits of VAR "conceptually" and that its implementation was likely only a matter of time.
It is now being used in selected domestic cup matches.
Video assistant referee is an assistant that reviews decisions made by the officials to ensure accuracy by confirming decisions or overturning potential decisions.
What decisions can it be used for?
'Feinting to kick the ball once the kicker has completed the run-up (feinting in the run-up is permitted); the referee cautions the player, ' a law states under the section offences and sanctions in the rules of football.
"If we, or I, can do something to make sure that the World Cup is not decided by a referee's mistakes, then I think it's our duty to do it", he said.
The technology has been rolled out on a trial basis for the last two years, with over 1,000 games featuring cameras to help referees in crunch decisions.