FOOTBALL: The A-League will become the first top-level domestic football league in the world to implement the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system when Melbourne City FC hosts Adelaide United at AAMI Park this Friday night to start round 26.
After more than a year of preparation, testing and training of VARs and operators, Football Federation Australia believes the system is ready to be rolled out in professional football.
FFA chief executive David Gallop said the historic use of VAR technology in the A-League was a significant milestone for the game in Australia and beyond.
"Australia is well known as a world leader in sport and this week we will become a world leader in football," he said.
"Since the use of video technology was first mooted, FFA has been at the vanguard for the use of the system and we took on an audacious plan to ensure that we could produce a compliant system for the use in the Hyundai A-League as soon as possible.
"This weekend is the culmination of an enormous amount of hard work to ensure that the VAR system is ready to be used for live, competitive football matches. I want to thank our referees, the Hyundai A-League clubs and the players for their positive support for this measure.
"This event would not be possible without the backing of our broadcast partner Fox Sports and also our VAR technology partner, Hawk-Eye, who will both be providing the infrastructure for this innovative new system to be fully operational, and for that we are very grateful."
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