FIFA approves use of VARs at 2018 World Cup in Russia

Bogota, Colombia (PANA) - Video Assistant Referees (VARs) will be used in all matches at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, football's governing body, FIFA, announced on Friday in Bogota, Colombia, at its Council meeting.

A statement on the FIFA website said the FIFA Council voted in favour of amending the Regulations of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia so that the tournament adopts some changes to the Laws of the Game approved by The International Football Association Board (IFAB) during its 132nd Annual General Meeting on 3 March.

These are the use of video assistant referees (VARs) in all matches; one additional substitute per team in matches that go into extra time and permission to communicate information and transmit data to the technical area for coaching purposes.

FIFA also provided the following details on VARs:

A team of video assistant referees supports the match officials during all 64 matches

The video assistant referee team is located in a centralised video operation room in Moscow

The video assistant referee team has access to all relevant broadcast cameras and two dedicated offside cameras

The video assistant referee does not take any decisions; he supports the referee in the decision making process and the final decision can only be taken by the referee

Football fans will be informed about the review process by broadcasters, commentators and infotainment

The team consists of the video assistant referee (VAR) and his three assistant video assistant referees (AVAR1, AVAR2 and AVAR3). All video assistant referee team members are top FIFA match officials.

Four replay operators select and provide the best camera angles. Two of them pre-select the most likely camera angles while the other two provide the final angles chosen by the VAR and the AVAR2 for each checked or reviewed incident.

In other decisions, FIFA’s strategic body agreed, in principle, that there was a crucial need to support women’s football and to strengthen the existing scenario of international women’s competitions.

However, further to the consultation phase that led to the proposal of a FIFA Women’s World League by the FIFA administration, the FIFA Council decided that the matter required further examination and should be revisited in the body’s upcoming meetings.

It said after discussing the pros and cons of adopting a different strategy for the future of international youth competitions, the FIFA Council decided to stick to the existing structure of biennial U-17 and U-20 tournaments for both men and women.

Regarding the tournaments scheduled for 2019, the FIFA Council designated Poland as the host of the FIFA U-20 World Cup and Peru of the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

The next FIFA Council meeting is scheduled for 10 June 2018, in Moscow, shortly before the 68th FIFA Congress and the kick-off of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The eighth FIFA Council meeting is set to be held in Kigali, Rwanda, from 25 to 26 October.

The FIFA Council also agreed on Paris as the venue for the 69th FIFA Congress, which is to take place on 6 June 2019, the eve of the opening match of the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
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17 march 2018 06:27:20




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