VAR coming to CONCACAF; How ready is Jamaica?

Report by RJRGLEANER Communications Group Sports Reporter Simon Preston

The governing body of world football, FIFA has commenced a drive to introduce the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system across the world by giving each member association the requisite equipment. With VAR set to make its arrival to the region soon, questions will be asked about when Jamaica will be ready to embrace this technology.

Manager of the Referees Department at the JFF, Victor Stewart has confirmed with RJR Sports that they are in the embryonic stage after receiving some equipment from FIFA which recently gave the department a grant to purchase cameras and other equipment to begin the process of training referees.

With some stakeholders still against the usage of VAR, team manager of the Reggae Boyz Roy Simpson says patience will be needed to embrace this system. Meanwhile, president of the Inter Secondary Sports Association (ISSA) Keith Wellington is open to the idea of using the Video Assistant Referee system in local schoolboy football in the long term future.

Wellington says this system will be considered if there is support from stakeholders in the sport. The other INITIATIVE that is expected to feature across the region in the near future is goal line technology.



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