New VAR process to be trialled for first time in Auckland City match in Morocco

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A new process for sharing communications between referees and VAR officials will be trialled for the first time during Auckland City’s FIFA Club World Cup match against Egyptian club Al Ahly.

It follows a decision by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) to publish communications between officials at the 2022 FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco.

The new system will be on a trial basis for 12 months for international competitions, IFAB has decided.

The FIFA Club World Cup provides the first opportunity to test the system, and Auckland City’s game on Thursday February 2 (NZT) is the first game at the tournament.

IFAB’s board agreed that the latest developments in VAR technology, such as semi-automated offside technology used at the most recent FIFA World Cup in Qatar, may be used in more competitions.

IFAB, founded in 1886, is the body that determines the laws of football.

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