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Referees to Use Headset as New Goal Line Technology – FIFA

VAR Headset can report that centre referees would be wearing an headset at the June 2018 FIFA World in Russia.

FIFA has described this development as a high end revolution to be introduced to aid Video Assistant Referee(VAR) technology.

FIFA confirmed that the VAR headset has been tested and would officially be used at the World Cup in Russia.

FIFA on Saturday gave a thumbs-up to the device designed to speed up controversial video decisions.

Instead of referees rushing to view a pitch-side TV, they would be able to see VAR images instantly on a 3D digital screen.

Boffins at electronics giants Sony came up with the idea to combine real pictures with virtual-reality.

The device has a built-in grid-work of digital lines which relates with the turf would allow refs to make accurate offside calls while a unique motion scanner can also detect players diving — all in real time.

FIFA got former top ref Mark Halsey to trial the device after he wore a ref-cam for a 4-4 TV charity match between Salford City and the Class of 92 last year.

And Premier League refs have also tried it out in training.

Halsey donned the device in a behind-closed-doors game in Russia.

His verdict: “This is a real game-changer. It will revolutionise VAR.

“The current process takes too long, fans are moaning it’s ruining the game. But with this, referees can make correct decisions instantly.

“The headset can also beam images to giant screens in the stadiums, so fans can see what is going on for themselves.”

Fifa believe the system is foolproof and their spokesperson Avril Blague said: “The trials proved this headset is the future for VAR.”

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