Video Assistant Referee: FIFA To Deploy Video Referees For 2018 World Cup
FIFA president Gianni Infantino says he wants video assistant referees who will work as on the sidelines as referees at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The concept of video assistant referees was introduced to support referees with defining, critical decisions debuted in December 2016 at the Club World Cup in Japan.
FIFA president, Infantino, speaking at a congress of the South American Football Confederation in Santiago, Chile, says he wants the technology to be used in Russia next summer.
The video assistant referee system is placed beside the pitch prior to the Club World Cup semi-final.
FIFA President said:
“We will use video refereeing at the 2018 World Cup because we’ve had nothing but positive feedback so far.
“In 2017, when everyone in the stadium or at home can see within seconds if the referee made a mistake, we can’t have a situation where the only one who can’t see it is the referee.”
FIFA To Deploy Video Assistant Referee System In 2018
FIFA’s decision to adopt the video assistant referee system would need to be confirmed by the International Football Association Board (IFAB),.
IFAB govern the laws of football and the IFAB AGM is scheduled to take place In March next year.
The FIFA Chief had already said he wanted video refereeing for the next World Cup, but that “little hiccups” would have to be worked out first.
One of the “hiccups” identified by Infantino at a meeting of IFAB in March was slow decision-making by video assistant referees.
He, however, added that this issue could be corrected by training.
The four areas covered by the video assistant referee, otherwise known as a video replay official, in use at the Club World Cup were goals, penalties, red cards and cases of mistaken identity.