IFAB recommends video technology assistance for referees

Refereeing games could become easier -- as video technology is set to arrive in football this year with trials to assist officials. The International Football Association Board is recommending experiments be approved by the full meeting of the body in March, in time for next season. 

To gain sufficient information on different systems, trials will take place across entire competitions in the coming seasons. The use of video would be restricted to referees ruling on whether a goal has been scored, a penalty should be awarded, a player should be sent off, or cases of mistaken identity.

It comes after systems that determine if the ball crossed the goal line were approved in 2012 by IFAB. Since then there have been an increasing number of calls from players and managers to use video technology in other aspects of the game. Any change to the laws requires at least six IFAB votes in order to be approved. 

"We need to make the decision slowly and wisely with the right amount of information available to us. What we've tried to do is nail some of the fundamental moments in football where we think video assistance can help a referee. Those things are fundamental, they include goals, they include penalties. We are trying to control these experiments so we can bring the right data back, so when we do make a decision - which won't be for several seasons yet - we have the right information available, the right data available so that we can make the right decision," said Jonathan Ford, Wales F.A. Chief Executive.

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