FIFA took steps on Monday to add video assistant referees to the upcoming Women’s World Cup.
The FIFA organizing committee for its competitions recommended that VAR be approved after a presentation from former top referee Pierluigi Collina. The recommendation will next be addressed at the upcoming FIFA Council meeting on March 14 and 15 in Miami, Fla.
After it’s successful implementation last year during the Men’s World Cup In Russia, VAR has become widely used by FIFA in everything from youth tournaments to major tournaments. It’s also been adopted in numerous professional leagues, including MLS, La Liga and the Bundesliga. The Premier League has added VAR for the upcoming season.
The addition of VAR to the Women’s World Cup is a positive step, keeping both games equal in FIFA’s eyes, or as close as FIFA is willing to get. Now, controversial calls in this summer’s tournament will have a chance to be addressed by another pair of eyes.
In addition, the organizing committee for FIFA competitions approved the Asian Football Confederation to start World Cup qualifying for the 2022 World Cup this summer.