Ghana hopes to become the first West African country to launch the use of Video Assistant Referees (VAR).
The unveiling was made by the General Secretary of the National Football Association (GFA) Prosper Harrison Addo.
In September, Ghana announced it had begun to move towards the adoption of the technology in domestic football, particularly the Premier League (GPL).
“Ghana football will soon witness the invention of Video Assistant Referee (VAR) to boost our games,” said Addo, as reported by Kickgh.
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“The European countries have started using VAR and it helps the football matches on the field with decisions on the field and other incidents on the field. Some African countries have started, such as Morocco, Egypt and in some cases South Africa.
“Ghana will soon become the first West African country to use VAR in our games, after consultation, negotiation and preparations. Everyone will see the implementation of VAR in Ghana.”
VAR assesses decisions of the center referee by means of video images and communication headsets.
“The VAR is coming to Ghana, but there is a lot of work we need to do to get the VAR to come to this country,” said Alex Kotey, manager of GFA, in an interview with GFA News.
FIFA says the VAR should go to all VAR members in the next three years: Ghana is taking steps towards technology adoption in domestic football associations and so affiliated associations should start accepting this concept and let it become part of us. football.
So in the project planning there are so many requirements that Fifa will set from us, which is in line with the club’s licensing regulations and so there is nothing to fear. referees who are the main actors of this program.
“The VAR comes in three models, that is, VAR in a structure, VAR in a container and VAR in a mobile van. For me, I am biased and go for the van, and that’s because it’s movable, so StarTimes covers a competition, the VAR will be there to make their job very simple.
“Once that’s done, FIFA and Café will give us all the necessary support we need to make the project a reality. While we are going to bring VAR, we have to work on our referees because VAR is a tool in officiating and that should referees should also do not depend on the VAR.
“We want everyone to feel the euphoria that the VAR will be coming to Ghana soon with the support of the Ghana Football Association, Café and Fifa.”
The technology was first written into the rules of the game in 2018 by the International Football Association Board (IFAB).