FIFA World Cup 2018 to have Video Assistant Referee Technology

MPs are calling for the World Cup to be postponed and moved out of Russia

MPs are calling for the World Cup to be postponed and moved out of Russia

VAR will be used at the 2018 World Cup for the first time after the world football governing body formally approved the technology for the tournament in Russian Federation.

The VAR system has been trialled worldwide, but its use in England during FA Cup games has been met with great cynicism.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has been a vocal advocate of VAR for some time, regularly voicing his support for the developing use of the technology and consistent in his opinion that the 2018 World Cup should be its grand premiere.

"What we want is to help and to give the referee the possibility to have extra help when he has to make important decisions, and in a World Cup we make very important decisions", added Infantino. This nifty tool will help referees make decisions on hard calls involving penalties and goals, mistaken identity, red cards, and any offenses leading up to specific moments.

"Video refereeing will bring much more to the transparency of football", he said.

It was also trialled in the Club World Cup 2016 and the Confederations Cup in 2017.

Peru have been named the hosts for the next under-17 World Cup in 2019.

Ahead of Friday's meeting, Infantino remained keen to reiterate VAR is a work in progress and while it has clear benefits, is not a fix-all solution to decision making.

African nation Morocco unveiled their proposed cities and stadia today after the North American bid - comprised of United States, Canada and Mexico - did the same earlier this week. Infantino also said he did not have any concerns surrounding political issues involving Russian Federation.

Additionally, VARs tend to operate out of central hubs, such as the Moscow hub that will be used for the 2018 World Cup.

Morocco says it will need to spend nearly $16 billion to prepare to host the 2026 World Cup, with every proposed stadium and training ground built from scratch or renovated.

Federation Internationale de Football Association said in its financial report that it had made a net loss of $192 million for 2017, although it had budgeted for a bigger deficit of $443 million.

"The 2026 FIFA World Cup is more than eight years away".

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