FAM to implement Video Assistant Referee system in 2019


  • Football
  • Wednesday, 21 Jun 2017

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia will introduce the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system in 2019.

In April, the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) stated that they would implement the system next season after testing it out in this year’s Malaysia Cup semi-finals and final.

The VAR is being tested out in several countries and will be officially used in the 2018 Russia World Cup.

This system is used to review incidents relating to goals, red cards, mistaken identities and penalties.

FAM referees committee chairman Subkhiddin Mohd Salleh said the project has been put on hold and is still in the experimental stage.

“We have conducted studies on the system, but it seems that more time is needed before we can implement it here. We can’t use the M-League as a testing ground and end up causing more complications in the process,” Subkhidin said in a press statement yesterday.

He said that the referees committee would make a decision after the FIFA technical committee study the report for the 2018 Russia World Cup.

“However, FAM VAR project manager (Nasaruddin Ishak) and head of referee unit (C. Ravichandran) will continue with the study.

“We will also continue sending our referees and referee assessors to VAR trainings and seminars so that they will be ready when the system gets the nod.”

The VAR is being tested out in several countries. Reports on its implementation will be submitted to the International Football Association Board (IFAB) before it is standardised in the 2018-2019 Laws of The Game.

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