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Officials test VAR system ahead of Confederation Cup

Friday, June 16, 2017 - 00:51

Video Assistant Referees are being tested as FIFA plans to introduce them at a senior-level international competition for the first time.

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SHOWS: ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA (JUNE 15, 2017) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FIFA HEAD OF REFEREEING, MASSIMO BUSACCA, SAYING: "One of the first (and) important information that you should know (about) today is that we are not here to work for technology only. (PAUSES FOR TRANSLATION) As you can see we have 22 players, we have a professional coach explain how teams can play tomorrow and after tomorrow; Russia, New Zealand, Portugal, Chile and whatever. So this coach is preparing the game, first as I've mentioned this morning to tell the referee to be at the right place at the right moment to take a decision." STORY: The new VAR (Video Assistant Referees) system was tested in Russia's St Petersburg on Thursday (June 15) just two days before the opening of the Confederation Cup. The tournament will be the first major senior international soccer competition where the new system will be used. FIFA head of refereeing Massimo Busacca said the system would support referees make faster decisions on the pitch on match days. The technology aims to improve quality of refereeing using video replays and off-pitch video assistant referees who watch the game inside a special room at the stadium with access to all camera angles on the pitch. The referee communicates with them during the match. To see how efficient the VAR system is, referees asked players to intentionally commit fouls and for referees to overlook them. FIFA says the VARs will help referees make "match-changing" decisions, but referees on the pitch remain the first and final decision makers.

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Officials test VAR system ahead of Confederation Cup

Friday, June 16, 2017 - 00:51