FIFA, the international football governing body, has approved the use of VAR (video assistant referee) at this year’s Women World Cup in France.
The decision was reached upon recommendation by the body’s Referees Committee, on Friday.
The use of the VAR is to enhance decision making at the global showpiece.
“CONFIRMED: The FIFA Council today ratified that Video Assistant Referees (VAR) Will be used at the #FIFAWWC this summer in France,” a FIFA tweet read on Friday.
Nigeria, South Africa and Cameroon are the competing countries from Africa, in the tournament which kick starts on June 7 through July 7.
Nigeria is in Group A with France, South Korea and Norway; South Africa will face Spain, Germany and China in Group B; while Cameroon test their strength against Canada, New Zealand and Netherlands in Group E.
This is the first time the VAR will be used in any senior women football, domestically or internationally.
“I think it is very important and it also shows consistency from FIFA to use the VAR in the main tournaments. So I am very happy,” chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee, Pierluigi Collina said on FIFA TV.