FIFA Board approves use of video assistant referees

Zurich, Switzerland (PANA) - The International Football Association Board has unanimously approved the use of video assistant referees (VARs).

The decision, taken on Saturday at the 132nd IFAB Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Zurich, is another step toward wide-ranging use of video assistance for referees in order to help increase integrity and fairness in the game, the world football governing body said in a statement on its website.

It said prior to taking its decision, the members of The IFAB (the football associations England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, as well as FIFA, representing all other national football associations) were presented with the results of the independent analysis of the use of VARs conducted by Belgian university KU Leuven since the beginning of the VAR experiment in March 2016.

Chaired by FIFA President Gianni Infantino, the meeting’s attendees also approved a draft VAR Handbook containing compulsory protocol, principles and requirements, as well as advice on the implementation of VARs, to enable competitions to complete the rigorous mandatory approval process.

Infantino told the gathered media that the IFAB’s announcement would be discussed in reference to this year's FIFA World Cup later.

“The decision on the World Cup in Russia on VAR will be taken at the next Council meeting in Colombia on 16 March,” said Infantino, though he confirmed that he was “very positive about VAR”.

Additional decisions taken at the AGM included allowing the option of an “additional” substitute to be used in extra time, as well as approving the use of electronic and communication equipment in the technical area (small handheld mobile devices), strictly for tactical/coaching purposes and player safety, FIFA said.
-0- PANA MA 3March2018

03 march 2018 20:26:18

xhtml CSS