Federation Internationale de Football Association approves video technology testing for more accurate officiating


The Premier League, which has been using goal-line technology since 2013, will wait for guidance from the FA and IFAB but no trials are expected to take place in the top flight. “We have to be cautious but are taking concrete steps forwards to show a new era has started in Federation Internationale de Football Association and IFAB”.

New FIFA president Gianni Infantino said of the trial: “We have taken a really historic decision for football. IFAB and Federation Internationale de Football Association are now leading the debate and not stopping the debate”, Infantino said at a news conference. “We have shown we are listening to the fans, the players and to football”.
However, the board rejected calls for managers to have appeals where videos of contentious incidents could be examined and potentially overturned.
IFAB’s release also noted “the expectation is not to achieve 100 percent accuracy in decisions for every single incident, but to avoid clearly incorrect decisions that are pre-defined “game-changing” situations – goals, penalty decisions, direct red card incidents and mistaken identity”. “The real live tests will be at the latest 2017-18, but we will start immediately, looking offline and online to fine tune everything and then it will be tested, in friendly matches as well”. “This isn’t going to solve all the controversies because, no matter how many words we have, human beings have to make subjective decisions”.
A “handful” of applicants will be accepted to go ahead with the trials, which will involve pictures from a set number of multiple cameras being analysed by video referees. FIFA controls half of the votes and the four British federations are the other decision makers.
Experimentation with regards to a fourth substitute being available in extra time was also agreed upon by IFAB.
So-called “triple punishment” – when players who deny a goal scoring opportunity in the box are punished by a red card, penalty and suspension – will be altered with offenders remaining on the pitch if they have attempted to make a legitimate tackle.
IFAB said players should now be cautioned unless they are holding, pushing or pulling an opponent, not attempting to play the ball or for serious foul play and violent conduct.
Other key decisions were made at the meeting, with IFAB describing the changes as the “most comprehensive revision of the laws” ever undertaken in its 130-year history.