FIFA has taken full operational control of Video Assistant Referees [VARs].
Grafstrom’s letter states: “We are proud that the introduction of VARs has been a universal success, with the implementation of the VAR system now complete in over 100 competitions globally. Following the successful launch period where FIFA worked in conjunction with The IFAB, we would like to inform you that all VAR-related activities will now transfer to FIFA.”
FIFA will continue to work with IFAB on matters involving VAR protocol, the Laws of the Game or approval requirements.
IFAB secretary Lukas Brud has told Sky Sports News it was always the intention for VAR’s operational plans to be taken over by FIFA.
Last December Arsene Wenger, FIFA’s chief of global football development, called on Premier League referees to use pitchside monitors before making decisions using VAR.
“That, for me, is the most important worry. The referee needs to have a monitor to check if he was right or wrong. He will gain in credibility, especially, knowing that the people at VAR have yet the experience to make these kinds of decisions. He has a review to see if he was right or wrong. That is important for his confidence as well. I think it’s working much better than we think. You want VAR to intervene at the right moment. They are not the ones who should make the decisions but the ones who help the referees make the right decisions,” said Wenger, after a meeting of the International Football Association Board (IFAB) in Belfast.