Published On: Thu, Apr 21st, 2016

Video technology: Ready to use at 2018 World Cup


Gianni Infantino

Gianni Infantino, the president of FIFA, has told on Tuesday that testing is to start on video technology that could be prepared to employ at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

He was telling about that when he was on a visit to Moscow to monitor the preparations for the 2018 football display, Infantino further added that the difficult graft “starts now” in the crisis-hit state.

However later than the International Football Association Board (IFAB), which administers the rules of the game, endorsed in March the examining of technology to assist match administrators, Infantino stated that it could be prepared to employ at the next World Cup.

He stated that “This test video will start now and will take two years. This means that by March 2018 we will see if it works or not,”

He further continued as, “I really hope that the World Cup in Russia will be the first World Cup where video refereeing is used to make refereeing maybe better.”

The trials will permit umpires to summon video assistance to assist in deciding four categories of game-changing moments, goals scored, red cards, penalties, and mistaken identity.

In the tests, a video assistant umpire will have availability to video play again all through matches and will either evaluate an occurrence on appeal or converse with the umpire proactively regarding an occurrence that may have been ignored by the officials on the play ground.

In March IFAB had decided to accomplish tests more than a two-year spell beginning no after the 2017/18 season, though that has yet been brought onward meaning a concluding verdict on whether to accept the technology everlastingly could be taken prior to the 2018 World Cup.

Infantino further informed the journalists that “The work is on track and the commitment is there to get everything done in accordance with the time schedule” he further continued that “If I compliment Russia it doesn’t mean that as of today or tomorrow Russia can sit down and wait until summer of 2018. The work starts now. The hard work starts now. The devil is always in the detail.”

Infantino is satisfied with the preparations and works on the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow. Most of the people were afraid about the widespread racism in the Russian game and homophobic laws in the country which later on raised some questions regarding the occasion, but sports authorities wanted to minimize any potential problems.

Vitaly Mutko, the sports minister who was sitting beside Infantino, told that “I can say this officially: there are no violations of rights and freedoms,” he further added “Welcome to Russia. It is an open and democratic country.”


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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.