The final instances of the Concacaf Champions League, Gold Cup and Nations League, will have the implementation of video refereeing for the first time in the region
MIAMI, FLORIDA – The Confederation of North America, Central America and the Caribbean of Soccer – Concacaf – confirmed this April 6 that it will implement the use of video refereeing (VAR) in the final stages of the competitions of clubs and men’s teams during this 2021.
“Concacaf has been working for the past two years to introduce VAR to its competitions with various training and development opportunities for elite referees in our region. The process was slightly delayed due to the challenges related to COVID-19, but last week the Confederation was able to enter the final stages of its planning to introduce the technology, ”the regional soccer body indicates on its website.
Concacaf confirms plans to rollout VAR in 2021 club and men’s national team competitions https://t.co/mm8B1zuCd2#LoveForOurGame
– Concacaf (@Concacaf) April 6, 2021
According to the official announcement, it will be in the semifinals and final of the 2021 Concacaf Champions League, the finals of the Nations league (from June 3 to 6) and the Gold Cup (From July 2 to August 1), the competitions where technology will be used in support of the referees.
It was with the support of the Costa Rican Football Federation that Concacaf organized the VAR certification for 22 referees from 15 Central American and Caribbean federations. Training that took place between March 31 and April 5 under the supervision of Mike Van Der Roest and Greg Barkey of FIFA. “This included 40 competitive games played solely for the purpose of VAR training and development,” adds Concacaf.
With this, the referees will be able to rely on technology to mark any play on the field and avoid controversy in the decisive matches of regional competitions at the level of clubs and men’s teams.