FIFA Confirm That VAR Will Be Used At The World Cup


The Ifab technical director and former Premier League referee, David Elleray, said 40 countries are using, having trials or are interested in VAR technology.

One iconic example that VAR could theoretically have prevented is Diego Maradona's "Hand of God" goal that saw Argentina beat England in the 1986 World Cup.

That will likely come on March 16 when the FIFA Council meets in Bogota, Colombia.

A head of the FIFA World Cup showpiece in Russian Federation, coaches have expressed confidence on Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology likely for adoption for this year's football carnival.

The video assistant referee system (VAR) was meant to clear up controversy in football, checking if goals were offside or red cards and penalties had been missed by the officials.

"I would say to fans, players and coaches, of course it will have an impact on matches at the World Cup, it will have a positive impact". "If there is a big mistake, it will be corrected".

But decisions which have been changed on video review could soon be shown on giant screens in Italian stadiums, offering fans more clarity.

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The system was first introduced in 2016 in the Fifa World Club Cup tournament in Japan and many believed it was the start of a brand new football revolution.

Widespread trials in England, Germany and Italy have, however, been met with mixed reviews, but Infantino claimed a study of approximately 1000 live matches resulted in an improvement in the accuracy of refereeing decisions from 93 per cent to 99 per cent.

"And everyone will see it as we implement it and as we go on". "People in the crowd aren't sure what is happening". There's a huge amount of responsibility on the shoulders of the four British associations and FIFA - the men who make up IFAB - this weekend.

It was only days ago that he called for Morocco to be awarded the 2026 World Cup. Referees were alerted with a simple yes-no signal to their watches after multiple camera angles judged if the ball crossed the line. That's what we need to do, be consistent, win games and try to finish in the best condition possible to get one place for the Champions League next season.

A trained referee with access to a video monitor, and in constant communication with the main match official, checks all such decisions.

However, some clubs may want to see more referees exposed to VAR in match situations, with the kind of pressure placed upon them that is hard or impossible to recreate outside of a live game.