The LED screen shows the VAR message during the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 Group B match between Australia and Germany at Fisht Olympic Stadium © Getty Images

In the first round of group-stage matches, VAR has been used five times and performed an important role in ensuring a fair outcome in games at the FIFA Confederations Cup. All five incidents were goal situations: four related to offsides and one to a handball.
Having attended all four matches, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said: “I am extremely happy with VAR so far. We have seen how video assistance has helped referees to make the correct decisions. This is what VAR is all about. The VAR tests during this Confederations Cup are also helping us to improve the processes and fine-tune communication. What fans have been waiting for over so many years is finally happening. This is a milestone tournament. Video Assistant Refereeing is the future of modern football”.

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