Following positive discussions at the first meetings of the recently established advisory panels of the International Football Association Board (IFAB) in Belfast, Northern Ireland last November, the IFAB decided at its Annual General Meeting at the end of February on the introduction of a FIFA Quality Programme for Electronic Performance and Tracking Systems.

The 129th Annual General Meeting of The IFAB was held on Saturday 28 February at the Culloden Hotel in Craigavad, near Northern Ireland’s capital Belfast, where various topics relating to the Laws of the Game were debated. One of the topics discussed during the meeting was the use of electronic performance and tracking systems.

The IFAB approved in principle the use of such devices, on the condition that the data is not made available to anyone inside the technical area during a match. The next step will be the introduction of a quality programme in order to categorise such devices, to regulate their use, and to ensure the validity and reliability of the collected data, before any changes to the Laws of the Game can be considered by The IFAB.