VAR is set to be used at the 2018 World Cup in Russia after the International Football Association Board unanimously approved the use of video replays. The decision was made at FIFA’s headquarters in Zurich at the Ifab’s 132nd annual general meeting on Saturday.
FIFA and all four British associations unanimously approved its use on permanent basis. Video assistant referee technology has been trialed in Germany and Italy, as well as in some domestic cup matches in England this season to varying degrees of success.
Leagues and tournaments must now apply to Ifab to implement the technology following the controversial ruling. Ifab stated: ‘the philosophy of VARs is “minimum interference – maximum benefit” which aims to reduce unfairness caused by “clear and obvious errors” or ‘serious missed incidents”‘.
FIFA will confirm their final decision on the use of VAR at this summer’s World Cup at their council meeting on March 16.