Video Assistant Referee In Next FIFA World Cup?

| March 3 , 2018 , 14:10 IST

Video Assistant Referee or VAR is all set to be a part of FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia, as they get an approval of football’s lawmaking body. This decision received mixed reactions as purists are concerned about the technology getting in the way of the game.

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) meeting in Zurich is widely expected to rubber-stamp the move already backed by FIFA's top brass, including president Gianni Infantino.

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There are only four occasions when VAR can be used that can be used if there is a doubt in game-changing decisions, such as:

  1. After a goal
  2. Penalty Decisions
  3. Red Card
  4. Mistaken Identity

Top European leagues including Germany’s Bundesliga and Italy’s Serie A implement it but opinions remain divided. UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said it will not be implemented in next season’s Champions League amidst the ongoing confusion.

Even though claims of others that video assistance will be used too often, resulting of slowing down of the game and possibly momentum of one team, the desire to avoid ferociously disputed calls — especially in high-profile moments — appears to have tipped FIFA to support using VAR at this summer's World Cup in Russia.

One iconic example that VAR could theoretically have prevented is Diego Maradona's "Hand of God" goal that saw Argentina beat England in the 1986 World Cup.