The IFAB announced in Cardiff on Saturday it would grant the experiments before the 2017-18 season, although there is no confirmed date, with the English and Scottish Football Associations keen to take part.
“We are applying common sense”, added Infantino. The first week of Gianni Infantino’s Federation Internationale de Football Association presidency is set to end with soccer further embracing technology once blocked by Sepp Blatter.
“Football is such a successful sport because some wise people have protected the history but we can not close our eyes to progress”.
The working week began by Infantino playing a football game at FIFA HQ in Zurich and ended by him shunning the private jets favored by Blatter for a budget airline flight from Geneva to Bristol.
Today we have taken a really historic decision for football. This is a big change and a big test we are doing here. We are leading the debate, not stopping the debate.
According to IFAB, the video officials will only be called on in four defined “game-changing” scenarios: when a goal has been scored, penalty decisions, sendings off and possible cases of mistaken identity.
The decision to introduce video technology follows the widespread introduction of goal-line technology to determine whether the ball has crossed the line.
He is in Cardiff for the AGM of the International Football Association Board, which makes the game’s laws, and is expected to give the go-ahead for live video trials. So we need to see what type of impact any technological help will have on the flow.
Former Premier League referee David Elleray, the head of the English FA’s Referees Committee and the author of the new law revisions, explained that the existing laws had to be refreshed as they no longer applied to the modern game. The recommendation (from IFAB in January) is that this moves forward.
The IFAB also approved an amendment to the controversial “triple punishment” situation, whereby a player can be sent off, concede a penalty and be suspended when denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity in the penalty area.
There will be a pre-testing phase with an experiment in a controlled non-live environment as well as referee trainings, workshops, and two testing phases across a number of competitions/leagues, IFAB said.
The IFAB also agreed to allow experimentation with a fourth substitution in extra time within a competition/league(s) still to be decided on.