Pro soccer will test in-game video replays
FoxNews.com reports that soccer’s authorities have announced plans to test in-game video replays in an attempt to end blown calls.
The sport’s international governing body FIFA and The International Football Association Board (IFAB), which oversees soccer’s rules, revealed the plans Thursday.
Starting next year, experiments with so-called video assistant referees (VARs) will run in a number of competitions, including Major League Soccer and Germany’s Bundesliga. Subject to initial tests, the technology will also be used at December’s FIFA Club World Cup tournament in Japan.
Working from a video booth, VARs will be used in specific game situations, such as helping the referee determine whether a player infringement means a goal should not be awarded. VARs will also ensure that the correct decisions are made around penalty kicks, incidents where players and sent off and cases of mistaken identity when the wrong player is sanctioned by the referee.