Central Asian Football Association Embarks on VAR Journey with FIFA’s Expertise


March 15, 2024 — The Central Asian Football Association is thrilled to announce a significant step forward in the integration of technology in football across Central Asia. On March 14-15, 2024, CAFA had the privilege of hosting Mr. Bhaveshan Moorghen the Senior Football Technology Strategy Manager from FIFA’s Football Technology and Innovation Subdivision, at CAFA Office for a landmark event: the VAR Kick-Off Meeting.

This two-day seminar was designed to lay the groundwork for the implementation of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system in CAFA competitions. The comprehensive sessions covered the Implementation Assistance and Approval Programme (IAAP) requirements, setting the stage for a new era of football in the region.

Seminar Highlights:

  • In-depth Exploration of IAAP Requirements: From initial planning phases to administrative requirements, the seminar provided an exhaustive look at the steps necessary for VAR implementation.
  • Preparation and Training: A significant focus was placed on the preparation and training of video and match officials, ensuring they are equipped with the knowledge and skills to leverage VAR technology effectively.
  • VAR Technology Training: Detailed sessions on the technological aspects of VAR were provided, offering insights into the operation, challenges, and solutions associated with this innovative system.
  • Approval and Monitoring: The seminar outlined the rigorous approval and monitoring process that ensures VAR’s successful integration into football matches, adhering to the highest standards of fairness and accuracy.

The IAAP Requirements, an official extension of the Laws of the Game, mandate compliance for the use of VARs.

The Importance of VAR in CAFA Competitions: VAR technology represents a transformative advancement in football, ensuring that critical decisions are as accurate as possible. By minimizing human error, VAR enhances the fairness and transparency of competitions, thereby elevating the quality of the game and the spectator experience. CAFA’s commitment to implementing VAR in some of the CAFA competitions underscores our dedication to innovation and excellence in football.

The introduction of VAR in CAFA competitions is a initiative which is not only aligns with global football standards but also showcases CAFA’s proactive approach in embracing technological advancements for the betterment of the sport. As we move forward with the implementation process, we remain committed to transparency, excellence, and the continued growth of football in Central Asia.