VAR Set To Be Used At The World Cup This Summer


VARs are not now part of the Laws of the Game, but their use is now being trialled by the IFAB in a number of competitions.

Nearly certainly the International FA Board will give the green light at their meeting in Zurich to one of the most significant and far-reaching rule changes of recent years.

Following the meeting, FIFA President Gianni Infantino told reporters: "The decision on the World Cup in Russian Federation on VAR will be taken at the next Council meeting in Colombia on 16 March".

FIFA president Infantino remains adamant VAR will prove successful at the FIFA World Cup.

The league board are due to meet next month, and it is expected they will decide whether to go ahead with rolling it out or waiting to see it evolve elsewhere.

It's a different type of incident and use to the previous three games discussed, but despite VAR being in place the correct decision was still not reached.

According to the Ifab protocols, VAR should only be used on incidents of goals, penalties, straight red cards and cases of mistaken identity.

Video assistant referee is an assistant that reviews decisions made by the officials to ensure accuracy by confirming decisions or overturning potential decisions.

Where has it been used?

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VAR has been heavily promoted by world football's governing body FIFA, despite its implementation this season in leading leagues such as the German Bundesliga and Italy's Serie A not convincing everyone.

Have there been any teething problems?

Trials that have been running longer than in England suggest delays while decisions are checked do come down with practice but nobody appears to have given much consideration for the match-going fan.

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri complained that the game was "turning into baseball".

How regularly has it been used?

The organisation also explained that its match officials would begin to get to grips with the offline phase of VAR from this weekend onwards in preparation for its use from next season.

Blatter, who is serving a six-year ban from football for approving a £1.3m payment to Michel Platini in 2011, supported the use of goal-line technology at the 2014 World Cup, but was cautious about video technology being used for anything else. The disallowed first goal for Spurs wasn't "clear and obvious" in my view and was probably, well, was a mistake and should not have been called out.

Infantino defended the time taken by the VAR to review decisions.

This is expected to be a formality, with Infantino spearheading the charge for the use of VAR at the tournament.