Infantino says Russia 2018 could have video technology

Infantino is on a four-day tour of Russia & Qatar who will host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups respectively.

FILE: Former Fifa president Sepp Blatte delivering a speech next to Russian President Vladimir Putin ahead of the preliminary draw for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers at the Konstantin Palace in Saint Petersburg on 25 July 2015. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - Video replays could become a reality in football as soon as the 2018 World Cup according to new Fifa president Gianni Infantino.

Infantino is on a four-day tour of Russia and Qatar who will host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups respectively.

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) who set and ratify the rules of the game has approved trials for video technology.

This test period will start immediately will take roughly two years, "This will mean that by March 2018 we will see if it works or not," Infantino said.

He labeled the technology "something that everyone was waiting for," and said it could be used on the sport's biggest stage almost as soon as those experiments come to an end.

"We will know in time and I hope that Russia 2018 will be the first World Cup where the referees will be a helped a little bit by video technology."

IFAB ruled last month that tests initially take place privately and thereafter a live pilot phase with replay assistance by the 2017-18 football season.

The use of video will be restricted to referees ruling whether a goal has been scored, a penalty should be awarded and a player should be sent off as well as cases of mistaken identity.