FA Cup could trial video assistant referee

IFAB met at Wembley for its 131st AGM

FA Cup could trial video assistant referee

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The FA Cup could trial video assistant referees from next season.

Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn says he expects the technology to be used from the third round.

It comes, after the sport's rule-makers, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) met at Wembley for its 131st Annaul General Meeting.

In a statement, IFAB confirmed: "On the topic of video assistant referees (VARs), the AGM was updated on the first phase of experiments, including reports from the workshops and more than 20 test matches organised to test the VAR protocol which was approved one year ago. The members also received detailed information on the key learning areas which will be incorporated into the ‘live’ experiments starting in almost 20 competitions from around the world in 2017." 

Sin bins for yellow card offences will be introduced at amateur, youth and grassroots level.

The International Football Association Board also supports plans to make sure only captains can speak to referees about major incidents.

A video assistant referee was used in the FIFA Club World Cup in December 2016.

In a match between Kashima Antlers and Atletico Nacional, a referee was able to use video technology to award a penalty kick after a player was alleged to have been tripped in the box.