FIFA on Wednesday declared that video assistant referees will be used at 2018 World Cup in Russia for the first time.
“We will use video refereeing at the 2018 World Cup because we’ve had nothing but positive results so far,” FIFA president Gianni Infantino said at a congress of the South American Football Confederation in Santiago, Chile.
“In 2017, when everyone in the stadium or at home can see within seconds if the referee made a mistake, we can’t have a situation where the only one who can’t see it is the referee.”
The video assistant referee (VAR) technology can only review incidents relating to goals, red cards, mistaken identities and penalties.
Video assistance was introduced to support referees with “game-changing” decisions for the first time in a Fifa competition at the Club World Cup in Japan in December.
The four areas covered by the video replay official were goals, penalties, red cards and cases of mistaken identity.
The system has been tested in several domestic leagues, with Australia’s A-League becoming the first top-tier competition to employ the technology earlier this month.
It could also be used in English football as soon as August, bringing forward the start of a planned trial by several months.
The Football Association had initially said the technology could be tried in the FA Cup in January 2018, but it might now begin in the EFL Cup first round.