Friday: Howard Webb of PRO to present a Video Review Media Seminar at 2 p.m. ET
NEW YORK(Thursday, July 20, 2017) – Major League Soccer today confirmed that beginning August 5, all MLS games, including the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs and MLS Cup, will incorporate Video Review.
The introduction of Video Review into MLS league matches is the culmination of more than three years of extensive research and testing of video review technology by MLS and the Professional Referees Organization (PRO). In addition to Video Assistant Referee-specific camps and education sessions, preparations have included more than 100 matches – both live in-game and offline tests – at stadiums around the country that have provided invaluable training opportunities for VARs and referees.
MLS and PRO are among the pioneers of this initiative worldwide, partnering with the United Soccer Leagues (USL), to facilitate thefirst test in live competition, on Aug. 12, 2016 at Red Bull Arena. The IFAB will conduct a two-year global study of the implementation of video review in various competitions before making a final decision about the incorporation of the Video Assistant Referee into Laws of the Game. A decision is expected in 2018, or 2019 at the latest.
A Video Review Media Seminar, hosted by world renowned FIFA Referee and current PRO Manager of Video Assistant Referee Operations Howard Webb, will be held live online this Friday, July 21 (2 p.m. ET) to further educate media members about the Video Review protocols and process. The presentation will be streamed live online via the MLS YouTube Channel.