Federation Internationale de Football Association confirms VAR will be used at 2018 World Cup

Marco Green
January 24, 2018

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"Definitely, VAR will happen", Federation Internationale de Football Association chief commercial officer Philippe Le Floc'h told The Associated Press. "It's great to have technology in football because this is also a fair (ness) thing".

Goal-line technology was used for the first time at the 2014 World Cup, four years after a famous incident where a referee failed to spot a clear goal by England's Frank Lampard in a knockout game against Germany, which the Germans went on to win.

Football's law-making body IFAB said on Monday a final decision on the use of the video replay system (VAR) created to help referees make key decisions would be made in March.

"We are talking to various technological companies who are very interested with what we are doing on the technology side of things", Floc'h said.

The study said that the accuracy of decisions involving match-changing incidents - such as goals, penalties and direct red cards - was 98.9 percent in matches where VAR is used.

Video assistant referees have already been trialled around Europe this season, including in English cup competitions while it was also in operation at the Confederations Cup.

Typically, the VAR is checking fewer than five decisions a game and most of these checks - simple reviews of the action during breaks in play - have no impact on the game at all.

"Being able to once again hold the original trophy brings back fantastic memories for me, and I can not wait to find out who will lift this precious sporting icon after the final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup".

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