Video Assistant Referees (VAR) are set to feature at World Cup 2018 and will soon become an integral part professional football after its use was officially approved by the sport’s lawmakers.
The technology has been rolled out on a trial basis for the last two years, with over 1,000 games featuring cameras to help referees in crunch decisions.
The Bundesliga and Italy’s Serie A are among the top leagues to use it, while VAR has also featured in the FA Cup and South America’s Copa Libertadores.
“The IFAB unanimously approved the use of video assistant referees at its 132nd Annual General Meeting that took place at FIFA’s headquarters in Zurich today,” it confirmed in a statement released on Saturday .
The ruling means there will almost certainly be VAR used at this year’s World Cup in Russia, with a final decision expected to be made at the next FIFA Council meeting on March 16 in Bogota.