The FIFA Club World Cup has begun and we had our first look at the new Video Assistant Referee (VAR) in action. During the Atletico Nacional vs Kashima Antlers match to see who would advance to the Finals we saw a glimpse of how this process would work in real time and potentially be adopted in all of the major tournaments and leagues worldwide. The incident happened around the 30th minute when Orlando Berrio appeared to foul Daigo Nishi in the box. As you will see in the video the main referee was alerted to the incident and took a moment to review the tape on the side of the field. This is the first penalty awarded from video review.
The Kashima Antlers went on to win the match 3-0 with 2 goals scored later in the match. FIFA has some great information on Video Assistant Referees and the rules around the use of them. As long as it is limited to the main turning points of matches and not every single foul then this could be beneficial to the game. I think most soccer fans want the game to be as fair as possible while still maintaining the natural flow of the sport.