Soccer-Video trials, Revised soccer laws approved by FIFA

CARDIFF, March 5 (Reuters) – Soccer’s law-makers gave the green light on Saturday to the use of video technology to aid referees in live matches starting no later than the 2017-18 season.

The International Football Association Board (IFAB), the games law-making body, approved a two-year trial period allowing technology to be used in four questionable cases: to determine if a goal has been scored, sendings off, penalties and mistaken identity.

“We have taken a really historic decision for football. IFAB and FIFA are now leading the debate and not stopping the debate,” new FIFA president Gianni Infantino told reporters at a news conference.

“We have shown we are listening to football and applying common sense. We have to be cautious but are taking concrete steps forwards to show a new era has started in FIFA and IFAB.”