FIFA approve trial of video technology in football

Video assistant referees will be tested out over two seasons

BY Adrian Collins 13:44 Saturday 5 March 2016, 13:44 5 Mar 2016

FIFA will test the viability of introducing video technology to football after the move was discussed at a meeting of the International Football Association Board (IFAB) in Cardiff. 

The move will see two years of the video technology being tested, with 'video assistant referees' reviewing decisions and key moments in the game. 

The decisions up for review by the assistants in the trial will include goals, penalties and red cards.

New FIFA President Gianni Infantino had hinted that the meeting of the IAFB on Saturday would address the issue, and that they were likely to move to approve it as "we cannot close our eyes to progress". He added, however, that the trials would need to fine tune the use of the technology until they find the ideal solution for its use in football. 

According to AFP, the trials will begin no later than the 2017/18 season.

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