VAR will be used at Russia World Cup, says FIFA

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Fifa, the world football governing body, has approved the use of video assistant referees (VAR) at the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

The FIFA Council has approved the voting regulations for the 2026 World Cup, which includes an open ballot, president Gianni Infantino has confirmed.

"We're happy about the FIFA decision", Zbigniew Boniek, head of the Polish Football Association (PZPN), told the Łączy Nas Piłka website.

VAR allows officials to review and overturn referee decisions for incidents including goals, penalty awards, red cards and mistaken identity. It has been trialled in Germany's Bundesliga and Italy's Serie A this season and some English FA and League Cup games, among others.

Infantino also used the meeting to confirm the two current bidders for the 2026 World Cup as Morocco and a joint one from the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Infantino said VAR evidently has shown that it reduces human error in the game and it makes football a more transparent sport.

The technology of VAR was first used during a Confederation of African Football (CAF) competition during the 2018 Total African Nations Championship (CHAN), which took place in Morocco from January 13 to February 4.

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Amid much fanfare, India had submitted its bid for hosting the mega event after successfully organising the U-17 World Cup last October.

VAR has not been universally well greeted, with UEFA yet to be convinced.

"Nobody knows exactly how VAR will work".

"For me, it might be a good project but we shouldn't rush it", he added.

"FIFA could not provide a basic level of certainty on some major unknowns that put our city and taxpayers at risk", Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office said in a statement.

According to the Phoenix Business Journal, Phoenix is not among the 23 cities announced Thursday for the North American World Cup bid.