Portugal chosen for FIFA experiment

FIFA and the International Football Association Board (IFAB), who serve the world of football as the independent guardian of the Laws of the Game, have announced the first countries that will participate in the experiment of the Video Referee.

The final phases of the Portugal League Cup have been selected for this pioneering initiative that could well revolutionise football and help to ensure that referees make the right decisions although technology would only be applied to key incidents concerning goals, red cards, mistaken identities and penalties.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino, who believes greater use of technology within the game is inevitable, called it a historic day for the sport and said the decision proved the game’s leaders were listening to football. Amongst other countries joining Portugal in the experiment will be Germany, the Netherlands, Brazil, Australia and the USA.