So those of you who can afford that decoder with the 'instant play-back feature' are no longer on the exclusive list.

Thanks to FIFA and its Video Assistance Referee, we are all on the same page now.

It has been a bitter-sweet experience for teams at the ongoing FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia with the introduction of the 5th official.

Video assistant referees support the decision-making process of referees.

They are only used in the four game-changing situations and provide minimum interference with maximum benefit.

The VAR was used to judge some important situations during Sunday’s match between Cameroon and Chile:

In the first half, Chile had a goal disallowed due to offside position of the player Eduardo Vargas as judged by Video Assistance Referee.

In the second half, however, they were awarded their goal as player Alexis Sánchez was adjudged not in offside position by the VAR.

Chile ended victorious with the VAR helping to ensure a 2-goal advantage.


Portugal, however, cannot possibly be celebrating the entry of the VAR right now.

They could have taken all three points against Mexico had the Video Assistant Referees (VAR) not controversially disallowed Pepe’s first-half goal for offside.

Ronaldo smacked a long-range shot onto the bar and Pepe picked up the rebound to volley home.

However, the VAR disallowed the goal for an offside infringement earlier in the move.

They eventually took the lead after 34 minutes through Ricardo Quaresma but the game ended 2-2.

Before this technology, that would have been a 3-2 victory for the European champions.

FIFA decided to test the technology during the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017 (20 May – 11 June), the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 (17 June – 02 July) and the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017 (6 – 16 December).

FIFA’s Deputy Secretary General Zvonimir Boban commented ahead of the competition: "FIFA is confident that the choice of Hawk-Eye as the VAR technology provider for the upcoming FIFA tournaments will satisfy the technological requirements needed for such an important innovation which is aimed at enhancing integrity and fairness in our game."