• The 132nd Annual Business Meeting (ABM) of The IFAB took place on Monday
  • Main focus was on the experiment with Video Assistant Referee (VAR)
  • Football development and quality and fairness were also discussed

The 132nd Annual Business Meeting (ABM) of the International Football Association Board (IFAB) took place at the Home of FIFA in Zurich, Switzerland, on Monday. Chaired by FIFA’s Deputy Secretary General, Zvonimir Boban, the meeting covered an extensive list of important items related to the development of football and how best to improve the quality and fairness of the game.

The main focus of the ABM was on the experiment with Video Assistant Referee (VAR), which has been taking place in more than 20 football competitions around the world over the last two years. This has included the use of VAR in over 800 competitive matches. Full analysis of the VAR experiment can be found here.

The IFAB were encouraged by the positive and thorough results of the VAR experiment and agreed that a proposal to ensure consistency in using VAR would be made for approval at The 132nd IFAB Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Zurich, Switzerland, on 3 March 2018.

Among the other items discussed during Monday’s ABM was a detailed report on the two-year experiment of allowing an additional substitution in extra time, which has been conducted in various competitions around the world, and proposed changes to the Laws of the Game for 2018/19.

Further details on the items discussed at Monday’s ABM can be found here.

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