It has already been implemented in top European leagues including the German Bundesliga and Italy's Serie A -- along with tests in multiple other leagues. Spain's La Liga on Friday began training officials ahead of the technology's expected introduction next season.
It’s official, VAR is here to stay and will be used at this Summer’s World Cup. What could possibly go wrong?— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) March 3, 2018
But opinion is still divided, players and managers have complained of referees being too eager to defer to technology, while fans in stadiums have been left in the dark as to why decisions are being made. UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said this week that European football's governing body would not introduce VAR in next season's Champions League due to ongoing "confusion" surrounding its use. Others have voiced concern about video assistance slowing down the game and possibly breaking a team's momentum.
"They think it's all over... I̶t̶ ̶i̶s̶ ̶n̶o̶w̶ actually, VAR shows it didn't cross the line"— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) March 3, 2018
More on the news that VAR is set to be used at this year's World Cup
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One iconic example that VAR could theoretically have prevented is Diego Maradona's "Hand of God" goal that saw Argentina beat England in the 1986 World Cup. For Infantino, international football had to ensure World Cup officials have access to the same images as fans. "In 2018 we cannot anymore afford that everyone in the stadium and everyone in front of a TV screen can see within a few minutes on his phone whether the referee has made a big mistake or not, and the only one who cannot see it is the referee", he said last month.
BREAKING: FIFA panel approves use of VAR, clearing the way for use at World Cup in Russia pic.twitter.com/8CS56dYMoN— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) March 3, 2018
Green light for VAR (Video Assistant Referee) system to be used at #Russia2018 World Cup as The International Football Association Board (The IFAB) unanimously approve it's use. https://t.co/K2hohMOtU5 pic.twitter.com/pqYAr2zzNq— AS English (@English_AS) March 3, 2018