Federation Internationale de Football Association approves video assistant referees for 2018 World Cup

FIFA approves VAR use at World Cup 2018

Fifa finally approves video assistant referees for 2018 Russia World Cup

"This has been adopted and approved and obviously we are extremely happy with that decision".

There has been criticism of video review, however, over the amount of time taken for referrals during matches, as well as complaints over confusion caused for coaches and fans.

Video assistant referees (VARs) will be used at the World Cup for the first time in this year's finals in Russia, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on Friday, and teams will be allowed a fourth substitute in matches that go to extra-time.

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The last step toward giving match officials high-tech help in Russian Federation was agreed to on Friday (Saturday morning AEDT) by FIFA's ruling council chaired by president Gianni Infantino.

"It's an essential, important and historic decision, based on the meeting of IFAB two weeks back".

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From Twitter, FIFA council member Reinhard Grindel showed his support, explaining that clear communication is vital to a successful tournament.

"Obviously it is not flawless and we are not going to reach 100 percent perfection", Infantino acknowledged.

"It can not be possible that in 2018 everybody, in the stadium or at home, knows in a few seconds if the referee has made a mistake but not the referee himself - not because he doesn't want to know about it but because we forbid him to know".

The technology was given the green light for football's flagship event as FIFA's ruling Council met in Colombian capital Bogota.

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.

Having been trialled in the Club World Cup in 2016, the Confederations Cup in 2017 and English, German and Italian cup games, VAR will now be used on the grand stage in Russian Federation. We studied it thoroughly for two years.

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