Rabat- Four video assistant referees (VAR) will be implemented to help main referees and technicians during the 2018 World Cup, which will take place next summer in Russia, with the participation of the Moroccan national football team.
“Everything will be centralized in one location in Moscow and all the referees will be based in Moscow,” FIFA referee Pierluigi Collina explained during a training seminar at the Federal Center in Coverciano, near Florence in Italy.
Over the next two weeks, 36 referees and 63 assistants will be provided with training for the World Cup in Coverciano. The training includes workshops on VAR.
Roberto Rosetti described the VAR features, emphasizing that four video assistant referees will be deployed for each match of the tournament.
“There will be four VAR officials. The VAR principal will communicate with the main referee and can suggest that he comes to verify images on the sidelines,” explained Rosetti.
“The VAR assistant number one will be in charge of following the match live while the review is taking place. VAR assistant number two will be specially in charge of off-side.”
Two cameras will supervise off-side players during the World Cup.
A third VAR assistant will be supporting the VAR principal, focusing on the respect of protocol, good communication between the teams, reported Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).
FIFA approved the use of video analysis to help referees review play during the Russia World Cup on March 16.
On March 3, the International Football Association (IFAB) was the first organization to “unanimously approve” the usage of the VAR during the upcoming World Cup in a meeting held in Zurich, Switzerland. FIFA’s recent approval guarantees the use of VAR in the upcoming tournament.
According to IFAB, this move “represents a new era for football with video assistance for referees helping to increase integrity and fairness in the game.”
The technology of VAR was first used during a Confederation of African Football (CAF) competition during the 2018 Total African Nations Championship (CHAN), which took place in Morocco from January 13 to February 4.
VAR has already been incorporated in football tournaments in European countries, including the U.K., Germany, and Italy, according to British news outlet BBC.
FIFA’s President Gianni Infantino, who attended the meeting said, “We hope and encourage a favorable decision in this respect because we are very positive about VAR.”
The 2018 World Cup is set to kickoff June 14. This year’s competition is marked by the participation of the Moroccan football team for the first time in two decades. The Atlas Lions will play their first World Cup match on June 15 against Iran, while the second game will be against Portugal on June 20. Five days later, Morocco will battle Spain on June 25.