Football set to experiment with video aid for referees

Football set to experiment with video aid for referees
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Source: FIFA
Source: FIFA

Video assistance for referees will be tested by the season after next at the latest, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) agreed at a meeting in Cardiff, Wales on Saturday.

IFAB said trials should be conducted for a minimum of two years and that "live experiments should be implemented at the latest for the 2017/18 season." "The expectation is not to achieve 100 per cent accuracy in decisions for every single incident, but to avoid clearly incorrect decisions that are pre-defined 'game-changing' situations - goals, penalty decisions, direct red card incidents and mistaken identity," a statement said.

IFAB agreed to allow an experiment using a video assistant referee having access to video replays during the match. The assistant can either review an incident on request by the referee or communicate with the referee proactively about an incident. 

IFAB, which is responsible for the laws of the game, will meet with interested competition organizers and football world governing body FIFA in the coming weeks to work out a schedule for the next two years, dpa reported.

There will be a pre-testing phase with an experiment in a controlled non-live environment as well as referee trainings, workshops, and two testing phases across a number of competitions/leagues, IFAB said.

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