Published: Sun, March 18, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Video Assistant Referee Approved For FIFA World Cup 2018

Video Assistant Referee Approved For FIFA World Cup 2018

VAR will make its first appearance at the World Cup finals after Federation Internationale de Football Association approved the use of technology for this summer's tournament.

Infantino, who has previously come out in support of VAR, said: "We are going to have our first World Cup with video assisted refereeing". It has been approved and we are extremely happy with that decision.

"Yes, as I said before, that's an essential decision, a historic decision, based on [the] findings of IFAB two weeks back, more or less".

The system allows the referee or the video assistant to review decisions where a "clear and obvious" error is spotted.

The VAR system has been trailed worldwide, but its use in England during FA Cup games has been met with great cynicism.

A creative sports goods company of Pakistan has prepared the footballs to be used in the most thrilling-FIFA World Cup-2018.

The footballs that Pakistan are making for the upcoming tournament are technically termed as thermo bonded, made by attaching the panels through heat - the latest technology adopted by Adidas and transferred to Forward Sports in 2013 which was first introduced in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

He further added, "I am not at all against it but we must better explain when it will be used".

Still, FIFA says "smaller stadiums for the 2022 FIFA World Cup" should mean ticket and hospitality sales of $500 million will be $75 million less than in 2015-18.

Infantino added: "We have two bids in play, one is a joint bid involving Canada, USA and Mexico, the second bid is Morocco".

"We are not anxious at all, we are here to organise a football tournament", Infantino said.

"They will be studied thoroughly through a taskforce, we'll evaluate the bids, visit venues, and decide if these two bids live up to minimum requirements". That's why we carried out trials in those 1,000 matches. The only other worldwide match was an unofficial one between Iraq and the Palestinian team which took place in Baghdad's Shaab stadium in the summer of 2009.

Controversy has been stirred even by the most experienced VAR officials who have handled many more games than most referees who will work at the 64-game World Cup.

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