VAR gets IFAB approval and set for World Cup

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) has voted unanimously the use of Video Assistant Referees (VAR) at its 132nd Annual General Meeting.

The landmark ruling, which changes the game’s 155-year old rules, could see VAR used at this year’s FIFA World Cup hosted by Russia which gets underway this June. The FIFA Council will make the final decision on its inclusion on 16th March.

Members of IFAB include the football associations of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, as well as FIFA.

IFAB said that VARs would be used to reduce unfairness caused by “clear and obvious errors” or “serious missed incidents” such as goals, penalties, direct red cards and mistaken identity.

“We have to speed up reviews,” the CEO of The FA, Martin Glenn, acknowledged after taking part in the decision. “Communications to the crowd has to be better. People in the crowd aren’t sure what is happening.”

Infantino said. “As of today, the VAR system is part of football. We came to the conclusion that VAR is good for football and referees, it brings more fairness to the game. For these reasons we have decided to approve it.

“Regarding the flow of the game, the intervention takes around one minute. I believe that VAR at the World Cup will certainly help us to have a fairer World Cup.”

UEFA has already ruled out using VAR in the Champions League next season, and the Premier League is also waiting to see if the system can prove itself essential.