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VAR: the new referee in World Cup group matches

With the end of the group phase of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, it is possible to make an initial summary of the utilisation of the video assistant referee (VAR) in Russia. Although the new technology allows the correction of some errors, it also brought some new controversies. In this article, the most important uses of the VAR during the first two weeks of the competition are highlighted and we suggest how the competition would have progressed without VAR. (more…)
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Five big things to watch for in the 2018 World Cup

The 2018 World Cup in Russia promises to be a footballing extravaganza, with numerous nations in with a realistic chance of claiming the sport's most prestigious trophy. Five-time winners Brazil will fancy their chances of success, while the likes of Germany, Spain, France and Argentina should also put up a strong showing. Hosts Russia kick-off the tournament on June 14 against Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, with the final scheduled to take place at the same venue…
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FIFA video assistant referees and the FIFA Confederations Cup

After trials at U-20 level, elements of FIFA’s Play Fair! Initiative are now making a big splash at senior international level in the FIFA Confederations Cup, in particular with the use of 'Video Assistant Referees' (VARs) which represent just one of the major changes to the game’s rules being debated and tested. The IFAB and FIFA formally launching the new play fair! Initiative last Thursday as part of “a strategy focussing on improving fairness and the image of the game.”…
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