AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 organisers will implement the high-tech Video Assistance Referee (VAR) technology for the last seven matches of the continental competition. The VAR technology will be in place for the games from Thursday, January 24, onwards.
Since the landmark decision in September last year, the AFC has been working closely with FIFA and the International Football Association Board (IFAB) to ensure the successful implementation of the VAR system.
In addition, a comprehensive series of VAR specific workshops have been organised in recent months to ensure Asia’s elite match officials receive the optimum level of preparation, reads an article on the AFC Asian Cup official website.
AFC Director of Referees, Shamsul Maidin said: “We are grateful for the support of FIFA and IFAB, as well as our world-renowned partners Hawk-Eye Innovations – the technology providers of the 2018 FIFA World Cup – and the Local Organising Committee for their commitment to ensuring the VAR system protocols are observed to the highest standards.
“Asian refereeing is determined to embrace technology for the good of the game. Our focus at the moment is to guarantee that the VAR system functions seamlessly – we are committed to achieving the best result with the least interference.
“And today’s briefing is a timely opportunity to bring everyone onboard this game-changing journey – from the fans, the media, our broadcasters – it is essential for everyone to have one clear picture of how and when the VAR can and will be implemented.”
The VAR system, which aims to provide minimum interference with maximum benefit, is limited to four game-changing decisions or incidents. These are goal or no goal, penalty-kicks, direct red cards and mistaken identity decisions.
The AFC has appointed 19 licensed match officials to support the implementation of the VAR at the Competition, all of whom have been trained in accordance with IFAB’s stringent requirements and have the necessary experience at the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018.