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Morocco Become First African Nation to Introduce VAR in Local League

Morocco Become First African Nation to Introduce VAR in Local League

Morocco have become the first African nation to introduce the technology driven Video Assistant Referee (VAR) in their domestic football league.

Faouzi Lakjaa, President of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF), declared in February that VAR technology will be introduced in the Moroccan football league starting next season.

“Referees will also be trained for the task ahead”, the Moroccan FA boss said.

“The VAR technology will be implemented to avoid referees mistakes similar to those during the 2018 FIFA World Cup”, he added.

The North African country’s Football Federation on Friday confirmed that International Football Associations Board, IFAB, had granted their request for the introduction of VAR in their local football.

Following Morocco’s request for the use of VAR, the FA made elaborate preparation for the use of VAR, which included training programs for 110 referees on the use and application of the technology in the game.

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The VAR training sessions were held at the Mohammed VI Conference Palace in Skhirat near Rabat in September.

On Saturday, the Thrones Cup semifinal match in Tangier between Ittihad Athletic Sports Casablanca and El Jadidas Difaa El Hassani marked the official use of VAR in Morocco.

Casablanca won the tie 1-0, courtesy of a 120-minute penalty awarded by VAR that decided the game.

The second semifinal game in Marrakech between Hassania Agadir and Maghreb Athletic Tetouan on Sunday witnessed the use of Video Assistant Referee.

Before Sunday’s game in Marrakech, it was understood that IFAB committee last week visited Morocco to take a look at the VAR setup in Marrakech.

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  • This a welcome development, Africa is making progress, my question is, when will Nigeria implement VAR? may be in 2053, you guess is good as mine.

    • Omo9ja 2 years ago

      Good question. Maybe in 2099 lolz. Oh, giant of Africa indeed. I love this question @King lolz. God bless Nigeria!!!

    • Barney 2 years ago

      @king better let the sleeping dog lie. you never can tell if 9ja adopts the VAR it could become “Voodoo Assistant Referee” in our system.

  • The world is moving forward with technological advancement. Nigeria is moving backwards with era when replays where not known in the game of football.
    VAR introduced, not in Nigeria. Even the local league is slightly moving away from winning all your home matches and you win the league. Check this week, next week and almost every week matches are being played only home team wins and should the official fails to give three points to home team through anymeans possible, he’ll receive the wrath of the home fans.