Video review - future of modern football


June 20, 2017
Chile's Arturo Vidal, right, and Eduardo Vargas argue with referee Demir Skomina during the Confederations Cup, Group B soccer match between Cameroon and Chile, at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, on Sunday.


Video review is making FIFA President Gianni Infantino "extremely happy" after being used five times and causing moments of confusion in the first round of Confederations Cup games.

"We have seen how video assistance has helped referees to make the correct decisions," Infantino said in a statement after watching Germany's 3-2 win over Australia yesterday in Sochi.

The on-trial technology was used to confirm Australia's second goal, when the ball appeared to brush the arm of scorer Tomi Juric.

Video review is on trial in Russia and Infantino hopes it can be fast-tracked for approval at the 2018 World Cup to help referees overturn "clear errors" in game-changing situations such as penalty kicks awarded and offside rulings affecting goals.

"What fans have been waiting for over so many years is finally happening," Infantino said, adding that video review been tested in games for less than one year "is the future of modern football".

Still, fans, players, coaches and media were left confused in Sunday's two games by decisions reached more slowly than expected by referees taking advice from assistants watching multiple replays.

Portugal and Chile both had goals disallowed for offside. Portugal had to wait for what seemed an unnecessary review of a good goal scored. Chile was also made to wait for a review before a goal was confirmed.

In trying to define a clear error, FIFA has suggested when "almost everyone who is neutral agrees the decision is incorrect."

Portugal ended 2-2 with Mexico and, perhaps fortunately for FIFA, Chile beat Cameroon 2-0.