VAR will be used at Russia World Cup, says Federation Internationale de Football Association

FIFA gives VAR green light for World Cup

Video assistant referees (VARs) will be used at the World Cup for the first time when the finals get underway in Russian Federation in June, Fifa president Gianni Infantino said on Friday.

"We are going to have in 2018, for the first time, a World Cup with VAR", said Infantino after a meeting of the FIFA Council which, as expected, rubber-stamped the go-ahead given by the rule-making International Football Association Board (IFAB) in Zurich two weeks ago.

The technology will still only be used to correct "clear and obvious mistakes" - to allow or disallow goals, award or deny penalties, show or rescind red cards, or correct instances of mistaken identity when a referee disciplines the wrong player.

VAR has been trialled in some domestic English cup games this season, as well as across Europe in Germany and Italy, and despite some success, the system has come under heavy criticism from fans and pundits alike.

Both bids will be evaluated first by a task force and disqualified if they did not meet FIFA's technical criteria.

Infantino accepted the VAR was "not perfect", but said it ensured "a fairer and more transparent sport".

VAR gets Fifa nod for World Cup

"Today is a key moment for Morocco's bid and demonstrates the significant work that has been ongoing for many months on developing a stunning hosting plan for the FIFA World Cup 2026", said Moulay Hafid Elalamy, the bid chairman and also the country's Minister for Industry, Investment, Trade & Digital Economy.

"The 2026 FIFA World Cup is more than eight years away".

One of the problems that dogs VAR, say its critics, is not the accuracy of its decisions but the time it takes to arrive at them.

Other cities not bidding on the world Cup are Chicago, Minneapolis and Vancouver, while cities like Los Angeles, New York, Mexico City and Montreal are still in the mix.

Additionally, VARs tend to operate out of central hubs, such as the Moscow hub that will be used for the 2018 World Cup.




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