Fifa announced “extraordinary progress” had been made in the technology that would make the introduction of video assistant referees practical (VAR). Its team, led by the former Premier League referee David Elleray, works on the principle of “minimum interference for maximum benefit”. Australia is one of the six leagues around world approved by Fifa to run video trials. Germany’s Bundesliga and America’s Major League Soccer are also among the chosen leagues. Australia has agreed to “use video technology” to rule on contentious decisions in four areas: goals; red cards; penalties; and mistaken identity.
The objective of the trials that will take place in various leagues around the world, Elleray says, is “to keep the flow and emotions of the game, while correcting clear errors in match-changing incidents”. Use video technologywill help to review the referees decisions and avoids the match result being adversely affected due to human errors made by the referees.
Earlier goal-line technology was adopted by FIFA after a lot of discussion with in Football world. There were people objecting to adopting technology aid to referees, as they thought would disrupt the flow of the game. But following several refereeing errors at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, including the disallowed goal in Germany's 4–1 victory over England, when Frank Lampard hit a shot from outside of the penalty box that bounced off the crossbar and over the line; the ball came back out and the goal was disallowed because the assistant referee did not call for a goal; Blatter announced that FIFA would reopen the goal-line technology discussion.