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FIFA U-20 World Cup in S. Korea to have video review system

All Headlines 21:55 February 07, 2017

SEOUL, Feb. 7 (Yonhap) -- The 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in South Korea will have a video review system to help referees make correct calls, an official from the local organizing committee said Tuesday.

The youth tournament will be the second FIFA competition to use video assistance in refereeing, after the Club World Cup in December.

South Korea will play host from May 20 to June 11. The tournament, which features 24 nations, will be staged in six cities -- Cheonan, Daejeon, Incheon, Jeju, Jeonju and Suwon. The group draw for the competition is scheduled on March 15.

"Introducing the video review system in the tournament has been discussed since last year," the organizing committee official told Yonhap News Agency. "Recently, FIFA decided to adopt the system and notified the organizing committee."

The official, however, said technical details and its reviewing process haven't been confirmed.

"FIFA didn't say it would use video review in every international competition," the official said. "The U-20 World Cup will probably serve as a test to see whether FIFA should expand the use of the video review."

Under the system used at the Club World Cup, a referee can run a video replay on the sidelines during the match to make a call. There will be a video assistant referee who will help the head referee conduct on-field reviews.

Last March, the International Football Association Board (IFAB), which governs the rules of the game, allowed experiments with video assistant referees for a minimum of two years before officially introducing the system.

The video refereeing system has been tried out in leagues in the United States, the Netherlands and Australia.

South Korea's professional football league last year also decided to introduce a video review system in the 2017 season.

kdon@yna.co.kr
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