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The Times: IFAB, The Regulator of Football Rules, Will Discuss Expanding VAR's Powers

The regulator of football rules will assess the need to allow VAR to review free kicks, corners, and second yellow cards. The working group believes this could lead to significant delays in the game.

The International Football Association Board (IFAB), responsible for regulating the rules of football, will discuss on Tuesday, November 28, the need to extend the authority of Video Assistant Referees (VAR) to free kicks, corners, and second yellow cards. This information is reported by The Times.

The FIFA-created working group on VAR has concerns that expanding the authority of video assistants will lead to even more significant delays in matches.

This matter will be decided at the annual IFAB meeting in March.

The VAR system was officially incorporated into the football rules in 2018, before the World Cup in Russia 2018. The VAR system is used in incidents involving the correct decision on goal situations (whether there was an offside position or a rule violation), the awarding of penalties, the possible issuance of a red card to a player, or correcting errors in identifying penalized players.

The on-field referee currently makes decisions on free kicks and corners, as well as second yellow cards.

Published by Patrick Jane