Federation Internationale de Football Association approves video assistant referees for World Cup 2018

Dean Simpson
March 18, 2018

After getting an official approval from football's rule-making body - International Football Association Board (IFAB) during their routine general meeting in Zurich, the international governing body of association football- FIFA in the follow-up on Friday has finally given green light to Video assistant referees (VAR) for the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

VAR has not been universally well greeted, with UEFA yet to be convinced.

He said: "Nobody knows exactly how VAR will work".

Infantino has previously spoken of his desire to see VAR used at the World Cup, although predecessor Sepp Blatter posted a tweet to express his disapproval.

"I will try to make good use of the goodwill in my and India's command when I address the Federation Internationale de Football Association council where I have been invited", Patel had said then. With VAR they reach 99 per cent.

It's a drawback which has left many fans and purists frustrated that the flow of a game is interrupted.

As per details, in Sialkot, workers at a local sports company - which is a contracting manufacturer of global sports brand Adidas - are working extra hours to ensure on-time delivery of the footballs.

However, Colombia coach Luis Fernando Suarez added in an interview with AFP: "It seems hurried to me".

Amid much fanfare, India had submitted its bid for hosting the mega event after successfully organising the U-17 World Cup last October.

A North American bid combining the United States, Canada, and Mexico is competing with Morocco for the right to host the first 48-team tournament in eight years' time.

"It's good and necessary that there are changes but it's essential that we don't lose the essence of football", added Suarez.

However, FIFA added they can not "yet" agree to a request from the Iraqi authorities to organise matches in the capital of Baghdad.

Iraq has not played full internationals on home turf since its 1990 invasion of Kuwait.

FIFA's ban covered all matches but domestic ones and stayed in effect following the 2003 war in Iraq that led to the downfall of the regime of Saddam Hussein.

Forward Sports, which also makes footballs for the German Bundesliga, France Ligue 1 and the Champions League, was also the official football provider of 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

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