Fifa, football’s global governing body, has announced that it is to undertake further testing of Hawk-Eye goal-line technology at this year’s Confederations Cup and Under-20 World Cup national team tournaments, as well as its Club World Cup competition.
Hawk-Eye will serve as the official video assistant referees (VAR) provider at each event, with refereeing officials able to use the technology to help make decisions regarding goal-line incidents.
Fifa will examine how the use of Hawk-Eye impacts on the behaviour of players and referees, as well as how fans in the stadium and television viewers respond to the VAR system.
Fifa previously trialled Hawk-Eye at last year’s Club World Cup in Japan, while tests have also taken place in a number of national team friendly games.
Hawk-Eye is already being used in the European Championship, the showpiece national team tournament of European football’s governing body Uefa. The system is also used in the Uefa Champions League club competition, as well as England’s Premier League, Italy’s Serie A and France’s Ligue 1.
Zvonimir Boba, deputy general secretary at Fifa, said: “Fifa is confident that the choice of Hawk-Eye as the VAR technology provider for the upcoming Fifa tournaments will satisfy the technological requirements needed for such an important innovation which is aimed at enhancing integrity and fairness in our game.”
The tests will form part of a two-year trial period, which was approved by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) in March 2016. The IFAB said “live experiments with video assistance for clear errors in match-changing situations” will determine if the “implementation of VARs improves the game”.
The IFAB is due to make a final decision on the implementation of VARs in 2018 or 2019.