CAIRO –19 June 2017: FIFA is always looking for new techniques to improve the quality of its games, and its latest technique is a Video Assistant Refree (VAR), which FIFA sees as a great contribution to the game.
FIFA took the decision to use VAR in its June 2016 and used it the technology for the first time in an official competition in the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan in December. The technology helps referees decide goals, red cards and yellow cards.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino said in a congress of the South American Football Confederation in April 2017, “At the 2018 World Cup we will have video referees, because so far the results are very positive.”
"It should that not happen that, in 2017, almost everyone in the stadium or at home will see in seconds if the referee made a mistake, and the only one who cannot see is the referee,'' he added, according to espnfc.com
FIFA used VAR in the FIFA Confederation Cup in Russia, and referee Nestor Pitana used it to cancel Pepe’s goal in the match between Portugal and Mexico.