3/17/2018 12:52:53 AM (GMT+3)

FIFA approves VAR for Russia World Cup

FIFA approves VAR for Russia World Cup

BOGOTA, Colombia: Video assistant referee technology (VAR) will make its debut at the World Cup in Russia despite lingering opposition from within and outside football, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said on Friday.

"We are going to have in 2018, for the first time, a World Cup with VAR," said Infantino after a meeting of the FIFA Council which, as expected, rubber-stamped the go-ahead given by the rule-making International Football Association Board (IFAB) in Zurich two weeks ago.

"This has been approved and we are really very happy with this decision," he added.

The 2018 World Cup takes place in Russia from June 14-July 15.

The team consists of the VAR and his three assistant video assistant referees (AVAR1, AVAR2 and AVAR3). All video assistant referee team members are top FIFA match officials.

Four replay operators select and provide the best camera angles. Two of them pre-select the most likely camera angles while the other two provide the final angles chosen by the VAR and the AVAR2 for each checked or reviewed incident.

"I am convinced that VAR will establish itself in all important football competitions, quickly, I hope,” said Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Bayern Munich Chief Executive Officer.