January 19 – Football’s lawmaking body, the International FA Board, has confirmed that video assistant refereeing will be the main focus of attention at Monday’s interim business meeting in Zurich.
The meeting is expected to forward a recommendation to the main decision-making annual IFAB session in March approving global use of VARs, notably at the World Cup in Russia, despite a succession of controversial incidents – both for and against the system – during trials in Europe during the current season.
An IFAB statement said: “The IFAB and FIFA administrations will also provide detailed reports on the VAR experiment including the key learning areas and experience from the two-year trial period.”
“Based on the analysis and evaluation of all relevant data and information, the Board may make a recommendation for the Annual General Meeting (AGM) to consider on whether the use of VARs in football should be permitted and, if it is, how the use of VARs can be made accessible to as many competitions as possible.”
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