FIFA To Start Explaining VAR Decisions To Viewers At Match Venues
International Football Association Board (Ifab) which is the law-making body of FIFA, has given the go-ahead for the decisions made by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) to be explained to viewers and spectators.
The new VAR rule will be tested for 12 months starting from next month’s Club World Cup in Morocco.
Naija News gathered that if the new rule becomes a success in Morocco, FIFA will introduce the rule to other football competitions and advise domestic leagues to adopt it.
Before now, there has been a growing dissatisfaction among football fans over the lack of communication around VAR decisions.
Hence, most football fans especially those who watch games at stadiums will be looking forward to seeing how the VAR decisions will be explained to them at FIFA events.
Once the trial succeeds during the Club World Cup, which runs from 1-11 February 2022, the rule will be used at the women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand and then the men’s Under-20 World Cup in Indonesia later this year.
The interesting part, which has not been cleared, is that FIFA has not confirmed whether the VAR decisions will be explained using Arabic, French, or English in Morocco since the prospective spectators are expected to be speakers of any of the languages.
However, it is expected that the cricket and National Football League (NFL) models of direct explanations would be followed in a system where the decisions were made clearer to people viewing at home and within stadiums.