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FIFA Places Video Replays in Motion to Assist Referees at Club World Cup

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FIFA Club World Cup

FIFA Places Video Replays in Motion to Assist Referees at Club World Cup

Zurich, Switzerland – FIFA says referees will be using video replays at this month’s Club World Cup in Japan to help them make “match-changing” decisions  for the first time in a FIFA competition, the association has announced.

FIFA says “an important piece of history will be made” when Video Assistant Referees are given access to all the broadcast TV feeds in an operations room – and can then communicate with the match referee on key decisions such as goals, penalty decisions and straight red cards.

In addition to this, 12 countries have been confirmed to participate in a two-year experiment. The countries include the USA, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Qatar.

For many years purist of the sport have declined the use of technology during matches as it may tamper with the rhythm and other factors of a match. However, as it has been noted in other sports such as the NFL and NBA, and in many cases, it has assisted getting the right calls. This of course does not mean all problems are solved as we have seen the addition of new referees on the side of goals and still not making any calls that, at times, make a huge difference in the outcome of the game.

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