Saturday 4 March 2017

FA suggests trying video assistant referees (additional referee in a booth seeing all available camera angle)

FA chief executive Martin Glenn suggested that the use of video assistant referees [VARs] could be tried during next season's FA Cup. That will mean an additional referee placed in a booth with access to every available camera angle. The VAR will then be able to advise the referee of an error in the event of a game-changing situation.
VARs are set to be introduced for next year's FA Cup, but teams competing in the latter stages of this season's competition will have the benefit of being able to use a fourth substitute in extra-time as part of a two-year trial. The English FA last year agreed to play a lead role in testing the idea, which was proposed by football's law-making-body the International Football Association Board (IFAB).

He said “I'm very happy that there is testing across the world that we can learn from so that when we apply it in English competitions we know that it is going to work, I'm very happy for other people to do the testing to get the wrinkles out of the way and I feel very confident given the preparation that is going on now. The PGMOL [Professional Game Match Officials Limited] are working hard at it. I would expect to see video assistant referees from the third round of the FA Cup for the coming season.”

Gianni Infantino, FIFA president also said that he was confident VARs could also be seen at the 2018 World Cup. He said “That is our aim, I'm very confident. The signs are encouraging. The little hiccups we have seen are to do with the training of the referees, but they will be able to take decisions much faster when they use it more often. We will use it for sure in the Confederations Cup, the Under-20 World Cup and the Club World Cup. VAR is positive because it will allow the right decision to be taken in a game-changing circumstance.”

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