Previous
Manchester City
Borussia Dortmund
0
1
FT
Game Details
Manchester United
América
1
1
FT
Game Details
Ukraine U19
England U19
1
1
FT
Game Details
Turkey U19
France U19
0
5
FT
Game Details
Veracruz
Pumas UNAM
0
2
FT
Game Details
Atlas
Querétaro
0
0
LIVE 78'
Game Details
Next

Arp staying at Hamburg, stunning Bayern

Transfers
Read

Bayern CEO rubbishes reports of James exit

Transfers
Read

Gotze: No WC hangover for Bundesliga Germans

Borussia Dortmund
Read

World Cup stock: Mbappe rises as Messi, Neymar fall

FIFA World Cup
Read

Schalke's Harit at training after fatal accident

Schalke
Read

James won't make early Madrid return - agency

Transfers
Read

Sanches will bounce back at Bayern - Robben

Bayern Munich
Read

U.S.'s Wood optimistic after 'most difficult year'

Hannover 96
Read

Gotze facing 'crucial season' at Dortmund - CEO

Borussia Dortmund
Read
ESPN FC  By ESPN

Bundesliga, MLS among competitions to trial video assistant referees

FIFA has announced that competitions in six countries -- including Germany's Bundesliga and United States' Major League Soccer -- have been approved to run experiments with video assistant referees (VARs).

The off-line experiments will not involve referees but FIFA says live trials could be run in games next year.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino says he hopes VARs will be used to support refs at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

As well as Bundesliga and MLS, the experiments will take place in Australia's A-League, the league and cups in Portugal, as well as unspecified competitions in Brazil and the Netherlands.

FIFA added in a statement: "Subject to the successful completion of initial tests, the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2016 is also set to be used as a final test event before The IFAB allows participants to conduct live experiments early next year.

"An offline experiment represents a dry run whereby the VARs familiarise themselves with the setup, assess video replays and practice making calls on clear match-changing incidents but without communicating with the referee.

"This means there is no impact on the game, unlike during a live experiment when the match officials do communicate with each other and the referee can take decisions based on information provided by the VAR."

Video replay officiating would be restricted to decisions on goals being scored, penalties being awarded, players being sent off and cases of mistaken identity.

The only technology currently used in football is to rule on disputed goals.

The video assistance trials were approved at the annual meeting of the International Football Association Board (IFAB) in March.

IFAB secretary Lukas Brud said: "The IFAB believes the best way to answer the question of whether the use of VARs will improve the game is to test it in different regions, so we are delighted to already have competitions across four confederations sign up.

"The organisers of these competitions can now begin installing and testing video replay facilities as well as training match officials and technical staff in line with the protocol and in consultation with The IFAB and FIFA's Football Technology Innovation Department."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.