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France 2019: FIFA approves use of Video Assistant Referees


World soccer ruling body FIFA Friday at its meeting in Miami approved the use of Video Assisted Referee at the forthcoming women world cup in France.

It will be the first time that the VAR will be introduced into the women’s game. A tweet by made fifamedia made known the decision, saying “Confirmed the FIFA Council today ratified that Video Assistant Referees (VAR) WILL be used at the #FIFAWWC this summer in France”

Stakeholders including referees and coaches who reacted to the development opined that there is nothing wrong with the decision adding that “we all want correct decision”

The women’s world cup this year will hold from June 7 to July 7 2019 with 24 teams battling for honours. Three African countries African Champions Nigeria, South Africa and Cameroon will be on parade. Nigeria will face hosts France, South Korea and Norway in Group A, South Africa tackle Spain, Germany and China Republic in Group B while Cameroon will lock horns with Canada, New Zealand and Netherlands in Group E.

Nigeria’s first match will be against Norway on June 8, followed by clash against South Korea on June 12 and the last group stage match against host France on June 17.

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