—- On 1 September 2016, FIFA successfully conducted its first official “semi-live” Video Assistant Referees (VAR) test during a friendly match between Italy and France in Bari, Italy. This first ever “semi-live” VAR test is a positive experience from which FIFA is determined to further building its VAR knowhow.
Speaking about the VAR test FIFA President Gianni Infantino said: “With VAR, we help the referees and we protect the game. We turned a new page in football’s history book. After this very pleasant experience, we will see where the VAR tests are leading us. We need more tests. We will continue with testing VAR until 2018 [when the IFAB will decide on VAR]”.
The full article and additional information on VAR is on FIFA.com