VAR to be used at World Cup 2018

17th March 2018 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
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History will be made at the 2018 World Cup as FIFA announced in mid-March that they would be using VAR technology at the tournament for the first time. The technology has been in place in domestic action in Italy and Germany and it has made its way into the English game as well this season being used in the domestic cup games.

It is set to be introduced to Spain’s and France’s top flights from next season as well, but the English Premier League is holding out and so too are UEFA who have no plans to use it during the Champions League next season.

It has courted a lot of confusion, a lot of controversies and it has certainly gone through some teething troubles. However, FIFA has taken the bold step of throwing the fairly young technology into the World Cup mix.

“We need to live with the times,” said Fifa president Gianni Infantino.

“We wanted to give the referees tools so they can make better decisions, and in the World Cup some very important decisions are made.”

He added: “It’s not possible that in 2018 everyone in their living room knows a few seconds after the play whether a referee has made a mistake and the referee doesn’t.”

The time that VAR was used was in December 2016 at the Club World Cup and it was rolled out again at the 2017 Confederations Cup.

“I was sceptical at first, but without trying you cannot know what it’s worth,” Infantino added.

“Without VAR, a referee can make one important mistake every three matches. With VAR, the figures we have seen from the trials that have been held show that a big mistake is made once every 19 matches.”

The VAR system to be used at the World Cup 2018 is exactly the same as has been used in England. The VAR will constantly check for clear and obvious errors related to:

  • Goals and offences leading up to a goal
  • Penalty decision and offences leading up to a penalty
  • Direct red card incidents
  • Mistaken identity

The VAR team will communicate with the match referee only for clear and obvious mistakes or serious missed incidents.

Another change that will be introduced at the 2018 World Cup is the use of an extra substitute in a game which goes to extra time, something that has been used in the English FA Cup this season.

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