With just days to go before the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017 begins on 20 May, FIFA are preparing to test video assistant referee (VAR) for the first time at an underage event.
The tournament is set to play an important role in developing the future of the game with live VAR tests taking place at all 52 games and six venues, being used to support referees with ‘match-changing’ decisions . These include serious incidents such as goals, penalty decisions, direct red cards and cases of mistaken identity.
The trial will involve VARs being given access to all broadcast feeds inside a video operations room, enabling them to provide information to the referee on the field of play in order to correct any clear mistakes in these situations.
The VARs will play a supporting role along with the assistant referees and the fourth official, but the referee will continue to take the first as well as the final decision on the field of play.
The system was first trialled at a FIFA tournament during the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2016 last December and has since seen testing conducted in competitions around the world – with almost 20 set to take part in 2017.
Find out more on the Football Technology Innovation website.