November 15, 2018 / 6:50 AM / 9 months ago

Soccer: VAR to make 2019 Asian Cup debut from quarter-finals

Soccer Football - African Champions League Final - First Leg - Al Ahly vs Esperance Sportive de Tunis - Borg El Arab Stadium, Alexandria, Egypt - November 2, 2018 VAR displayed on the big screen before the match REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh/File Photo

(Reuters) - The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system will be used from the quarter-finals of next year’s Asian Cup, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) said on Thursday.

The regional governing body, which had initially announced its plans to introduce the system in September, confirmed that it would be employed at seven matches at the 2019 Asian Cup from the quarter-finals on.

Top flight leagues in Spain, Italy and Germany are already using VAR, which allows key incidents to be reviewed with the use of video replays, and the technology was used at the World Cup in Russia this year.

The extended 2019 Asian Cup will see 24 teams taking part for the first time, up from the 16 that competed in the last four editions.

Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru

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