European football’s governing body Uefa has approved the introduction of Video Assistant Referees (VAR) in the Champions League, with a view to the system also being used at Euro 2020.
Uefa has hitherto been resistant to such technology, with former president Michel Platini instead introducing extra match officials placed beside each goal in an effort to provide extra guidance on controversial incidents during games.
However, the Uefa Executive Committee yesterday (Thursday) said VAR would be used in the 2019-20 Champions League, from the play-off stage of the competition. In addition, it was decided that VAR would also be used at the 2019 Super Cup, the annual meeting between the winners of the Champions League and Europa League.
Uefa said it plans to subsequently extend the use of VAR at the final tournament of Euro 2020, in the 2020-21 Europa League and in the 2021 Nations League Finals.
Commenting on the introduction of VAR, Uefa president Aleksander Čeferin said: “We are confident that introducing Video Assistant Referees in August 2019 will give us enough time to put in place a robust system and to train match officials to ensure an efficient and successful implementation of VAR in the Uefa Champions League, the world’s flagship club competition.”
In other news, the Uefa ExCo appointed Gondomar, Portugal as hosts of the finals of the inaugural Women’s Futsal Euro 2019, which will see Portugal, Russia, Spain and Ukraine face each other in semi-finals, a third-place match and the final between February 14-17.
Latvia were appointed as hosts of the final tournament of the first edition of the Under-19 Futsal Euro 2019 which will see eight teams, including the hosts, face each other in two groups of four, semi-finals and a final in September next year.