Video Technology to Assist Referees at FIFA Club World Cup

Video technology will be used for the first time during the 2016 FIFA Club World Cup. Kashima Antlers will face Auckland City in Yokohama on Thursday (Today) to kick-off the FIFA Club World Cup.

Video assistance will aid referees correct “match-altering” decisions such as goals, penalty calls and direct red cards. However the on-field official will preserve the first and final call.

Video Technology to Assist Referees at FIFA Club World Cup

Video assistant referees (VARs) will view live transmission feeds inside a control room. They will be capable to communicate directly with the referee to help correct “clear errors in match-changing circumstances”, FIFA said.

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Referees will be able to review recording on a pitchside monitor for certain verdicts. The technology was trialed during latest international friendlies including Italy, Germany and France.

“This represents a big step forward in terms of testing the technology.”

Marco van Basten, FIFA’s Chief Officer Technical Development told the official FIFA website.

“We feel well prepared after setting everything up with the support of The IFAB, the host broadcaster Dentsu/NTV and Hawk-Eye – one of a number of providers that offer such technology. At the same time, it’s important to remember that we are entering somewhat unchartered territory here, given that we are going live for the first time.”

Other competition managers are projected to begin leading live trials using VARs from 2017 including in Germany, Italy and France.

“The VAR system has been developed, just like goal-line technology, to provide additional support for the referee.”

Said Massimo Busacca, FIFA’s Head of Refereeing.

Also Read: FIFA World Cup 2018 May Use Video Refereeing

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