VAR technology will be applied at the Women’s World Cup 2019
The announcement was made at the FIFA Council meeting held on March 15 in Miami, USA. Accordingly, the largest football management agency on the planet has discussed and approved some important decisions regarding international tournaments in the coming time.
After the success of the World Cup for men’s football last summer, VAR will also be presented for the first time in the same tournament for the weak, to support the referees to control and ensure fairness for the games. compare talent. However, according to FIFA, some related regulations will be modified to suit the tournament in France.
In addition, during the last meeting, FIFA also discussed the feasibility study results on increasing the number of men’s World Cup teams in Qatar in 2022 from 32 to 48 teams. Accordingly, FIFA evaluated the prospect of expanding the World Cup to 48 teams in the 2022 tournament, instead of following the previous plan at the 2026 World Cup as “feasible”, with some neighboring countries share with Qatar to host matches arising from increasing the number of participants from 32 to 48 teams (Qatar will still be the main host).
The negotiation process is now in the next phase, in which FIFA and Qatar will discuss more the general hosting plan to meet the requirements of the tournament, before submitting to the Association. FIFA and FIFA Congress passed in June.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino initiated and strongly supported the expansion of the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams right in the Qatar World Cup 2022. (Photo: Reuters)
If stakeholders can agree to finalize and post this plan, the final decision will be adopted by voting at the 69th FIFA Annual Meeting, held in Paris, France. on June 5, right before the opening of the Women’s World Cup 2019. Meanwhile, the preparation for the World Cup 32 teams continues to be conducted by the host country Qatar.
Besides, FIFA also decided to expand the FIFA Club World Cup, club-level world championships from seven teams of up to 24 teams to attend. The trial expansion tournament is scheduled for June and July 2021. In particular, 24 teams will be divided into eight groups of three teams each, playing in a round robin format to select the top team to win the quarterfinals.
However, this is only a trial tournament and details about the schedule and the attendance of representatives of the continental soccer federations will be further discussed and decided at a later stage.