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The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) seems determined, ahead of the AFC Asian Cup 2019, to capitalise on the technological developments and advances that have hit the world of football all across the globe. As reported in latest Indian football news, the AFC is clearly impressed by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system that was up for display at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, and is mulling to introduce the same at some point in the AFC Asian Cup 2019, which is to take place in UAE in less than 100 days from now.
It has been reported in Indian football latest news that to introduce the VAR system at the AFC Asian Cup 2019, approvals have been taken from FIFA and the International Football Association Board (IFAB), with consultation with the AFC Competitions and Referees Departments also being carried out, and the Executive Committee approving the implementation of the VAR.
As reported by the AFC in Indian football latest news & football news India, only a final confirmation is pending to see whether all necessary preparation is in place to smoothen out the introduction of the VAR system.
Indian football latest news: Asian football is determined to embrace technology, says the AFC President
The President of the Asian Confederations Cup (AFC), Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, spoke about embracing the technological advances to further enhance Asian football and said, “Asian football is determined to embrace technology for the good of the game and we are looking into the introduction of VAR at some stage during the AFC’s pinnacle competition – the AFC Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates.”
“We saw the VAR first hand during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and it was clear to everyone that there needed to be a great deal of training of officials and investment in facilities to make sure that the system was effective and a positive addition to the game.”
“We are grateful for the support of FIFA and IFAB and now I have asked the Administration to ensure all the logistical elements and practical arrangements are in place so that we can introduce the VAR to enhance the AFC Asian Cup.”
The AFC Asian Cup 2019, which promises to be the best and biggest edition of the tournament that has been witnessed so far, kicks off on January 5, 2019, with UAE hosting Bahrain in Abu Dhabi in the opener clash, as reported in Indian football news.
AFC Asian Cup was last hosted by UAE in 1996, and the number of teams taking part in the 2019 edition has risen from 16 teams in 2015 to 24 teams now, a record high. As reported in football news India and Indian football latest news, each and every one of the AFC’s five regions are represented in the AFC Asian Cup 2019, which will also have a record prize money of US$ 14.8 million, as well as a new trophy and a new official Molten match-ball.