VAR will be used at the World Cup after unanimous approval

VAR Set For 2018 FIFA World Cup Approval

The International Football Association Board meeting is widely expected to rubber-stamp the move

Meanwhile, head of referees John Fleming said: "Having been involved in many discussions over the past three seasons, I am totally in favour of this momentous decision by IFAB regarding the implementation of VAR into the world of football".

The International Football Association Board (IFAB), meeting in Zurich, rubber-stamped a move already backed by FIFA's top brass, including president Gianni Infantino.

However, the application of VAR has come under heavy criticism in recent months after being introduced to English football in the FA Cup.

"The Premier League is the most lucrative league in the world so the effect of a bad implementation of VAR would be very serious, but likewise the outcome of not ever running VAR when the stakes are so high is a big deal as well".

Gazzetta dello Sport described a "black Sunday for referees and VAR" after a series of controversies in Italy's Serie A.

It has been claimed VAR - which can only be used to determine whether there is a goal or not, a penalty or no penalty, straight red cards or incidents of mistaken identity - causes confusion among fans and players.

In an unprecedented change to the sport, the International Football Association Board (IAFB) has given the nod for the introduction of Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology in this year's upcoming FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

The only voice of doubt on the Ifab board is believed to come from the Football Association of Wales. The expectation is for there to be VAR at the 2018 World Cup.


It is thought clubs only agree on some of the reasons to review game-changing incidents.

This week, LaLiga confirmed it would introduce the technology from next season, but UEFA has said it will not be rolled out in the Champions League.

The IFAB had at its 132nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Zurich, Switzerland on Saturday unanimously approved the use of VARs.

The view from Spurs is echoed by the Football Supporters' Federation (FSF), which contrasted the smooth roll-out of goal-line technology with VAR's bumpy launch.

There is a referee in the booth with access to a video monitor in constant communication with the official on the pitch.

The landmark decision leaves much yet to be finalized, such as wording for the amended rules and an exact protocol for operating the system including how to communicate to fans using giant screens inside stadiums.

'Feinting to kick the ball once the kicker has completed the run-up (feinting in the run-up is permitted); the referee cautions the player, ' a law states under the section offences and sanctions in the rules of football.

In Russia, FIFA plans to use a central command center for VAR teams working away from stadiums to communicate with referees - a system adopted by American professional sports leagues.

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