Federation Internationale de Football Association gives VAR the green light for 2018 World Cup

Federation Internationale de Football Association gives VAR the green light for 2018 World Cup

Javier Howell
March 20, 2018

Video assistant referee technology (VAR) will make its debut at the World Cup in Russian Federation this summer despite lingering opposition from within and outside football, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said Friday.

And these amendments 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".

The use of the VAR system was approved earlier this month by football's rule-making body, the International Football Association Board (Ifab).

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has been a vocal advocate of VAR for some time, regularly voicing his support for the developing use of the technology and consistent in his opinion that the 2018 World Cup should be its grand premiere.

"It's an essential decision, very important and historical decision". This nifty tool will help referees make decisions on hard calls involving penalties and goals, mistaken identity, red cards, and any offenses leading up to specific moments.

Infantino said VAR had been shown to reduce the number of refereeing mistakes in matches where it has been used and would help football become "a fairer and more transparent sport".

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That is part of the $12.6 billion in public investment that also requires hospital services being upgraded in 20 cities and transport networks improved for the first 48-team World Cup.

Football's world governing body took possession of the books alongside their ruling Council's meeting in Colombia's capital Bogota.

On June 13, the FIFA Congress will convene to vote on the host of football's showpiece event, with Morocco and a joint North American venture between the United States, Canada and Mexico the only bids in play. Previous year the under-20 World Cup was hosted by South Korea.

"It's a token of great trust, vested in us by the largest football organisation in the world", Boniek said.

The 2018 World Cup is set to kickoff June 14.