World football’s governing body, FIFA, has confirmed the use of Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology for this summer’s World Cup in Russia.
This represents the first use of the technology at the FIFA World Cup level.
The technology had been approved by football’s rule-making body, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) at its annual general meeting in Zurich earlier this week before FIFA’s confirmation during a meeting of the its council in Bogata on Friday.
The use of the technology was confirmed by the FIFA President Gianni Infantino.
In his words via a news conference, Infantino said: “We also spoke about football, we’re going to have our first World Cup in 2018 with [the] video assistant refereeing system.”
“This has been adopted and approved and obviously we are extremely happy with that decision.” he added.