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FIFA picks Hawk-Eye’s video review system for 3 tournaments

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ZURICH (AP) FIFA picked the Hawk-Eye Innovations video review system to help referees at three tournaments this year.

FIFA says the British firm will work at the Under-20 World Cup in South Korea from Saturday, the Confederations Cup in Russia and the Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

At least 11 technology firms were in trials with FIFA last year, though the decision announced Friday appears to favor Hawk-Eye for the 2018 World Cup if a contract is awarded.

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At the 2014 World Cup, Hawk-Eye lost the goal-line technology contract to German system GoalControl.

FIFA wants video review only for potential “clear errors” in four situations: goals scored, penalties awarded, players sent off and cases of mistaken identity.

Video review must still be formally approved by soccer’s rule-making panel.

Howard Webb to oversee VAR in the United States

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One of the most recognizable names and faces in the world of officiating is headed to New York City.

The Professional Referee Organization (PRO) announced Tuesday that Howard Webb would be coming Stateside to oversee the implementation of Video Assistant Refereeing (VAR) in the United States.

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Webb was reportedly offered the job in late November. He also works in broadcasting in England, and will start his new job in March.

Major League Soccer is testing VAR during preseason, with 15 teams getting the chance to experience it before it becomes league law. That’s expected to happen during the second half of this season.