9/30/2018 5:21:50 PM (GMT+3)

AFC may use VAR during 2019 Asian Cup

AFC may use VAR during 2019 Asian Cup

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: The Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) determination to embrace technological advances for the development of football in Asia has been underlined with the introduction of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system at some stage at the 2019 Asian Cup.

After approval from FIFA and the International Football Association Board (IFAB) and consultation with the AFC Competitions and Referees Departments, the AFC Executive Committee approved the implementation of VAR at the Asian Cup —  pending final confirmation that all necessary preparation is in place.

“Asian football is determined to embrace technology for the good of the game and we are looking into the introduction of VAR at some stage during the AFC’s pinnacle competition,” said AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa.

The competition kicks off on January 5 when the UAE host Bahrain in Abu Dhabi.

“We saw the VAR first hand during the 2018 FIFA World Cup and it was clear to everyone that there needed to be a great deal of training of officials and investment in facilities to make sure that the system was effective and a positive addition to the game,” added Shaikh Salman.

The tournament, last held in the UAE in 1996, has increased from 16 teams in 2015 to the record 24 now and every one of the AFC’s five regions are represented in an event which will have a record prize money of US$14.8m as well as a new trophy. (Courtesy: AFC)