Poroshenko stands for boycott of 2018 World Cup Russia


VAR will be used at the 2018 World Cup for the first time after the world football governing body formally approved the technology for the tournament in Russian Federation.

But there was an intriguing subplot to the announcement, with teams permitted to use a fourth substitute in matches that go into extra time.

The uses of the VAR system was approved earlier this month by the rule-making body IFAB, despite controversy in some of the competitions where it has been trialled over the time taken to make decisions and lack of information for spectators.

VAR has been trialled in some domestic English cup games this season, as well as across Europe in Germany and Italy, and despite some success, the system has come under heavy criticism from fans and pundits alike.

The FIFA Council has approved the voting regulations for the 2026 World Cup, which includes an open ballot, president Gianni Infantino has confirmed.

VAR allows officials to review and overturn referee decisions for incidents including goals, penalty awards, red cards and mistaken identity.

Infantino accepted the VAR was "not perfect", but said it ensured "a fairer and more transparent sport".

Infantino added that time-wastage had been discussed "passionately" but said: "It's not possible that in 2018 everyone in their living room knows a few seconds after the play whether a referee has made a mistake and the referee doesn't".

The 32 teams that will compete in the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation will battle for the title with the help of video assistant referees (VAR).

Host of the recently Championship of African Nations (CHAN) Morocco have proposed using 14 stadiums and budgeting to spend 15.8 billion dollars on infrastructure if it wins the right to host the World Cup soccer finals in 2026, the country's bid committee announced at a news conference on Saturday.

"We need to live with the times", Infantino said as he chaired a Fifa Council meeting in Colombia.

Kigali was confirmed on Friday during FIFA's sixth meeting at the Agora Convention Centre in Bogotá, Colombia, where it also discussed a number of initiatives related to the future of worldwide football competitions.