Decisions made by the video assistant referee are due to be explained to TV viewers and those on the field at next month’s Club World Cup.
The International Football Association Board (Ifab) said that if the experiment is successful in Morocco, it could start in other FIFA competitions.
That could include the Women’s World Cup this summer.
Meanwhile, a temporary trial for a concussion replacement has been ruled out in the Premier League next season.
The matter was mooted when IFAB met at Wembley on Wednesday following a request from the global players’ union Vibro and the World Leagues Forum to test the protocol in England’s top flight, France’s top flight and Major League Soccer in the US.
Existing concussion protocols, which allow for a permanent additional substitution, have come under criticism since their approval in 2020, with campaigners highlighting instances where a player has been allowed to remain on the field before being substituted later.
However, The Football Association chief executive Mark Bullingham, who backed the trial idea, said no consensus could be reached and instead the current alternative to permanent concussion would continue to be trialled indefinitely.
“I and others think it’s worth a try [temporary concussion substitutes] “Because we believe there are cases of players who appear to have had a concussion and have not been taken off,” Bullingham said.
“The argument is that you will learn more in 15 minutes than in three, and there is an advantage in assessment off the field.
However, the decision was made to advance the application of the permanent model through more education, more evidence and more impetus, so that the idea of making the right decisions becomes a reality.
“If permanent substitutions are done properly, it is the safest option because at that point there is any doubt, the player will pay off.”
Professional Footballers’ Association head of brain health Dr Adam White said it was “extremely disappointing” that a trial of temporary replacements for concussions had not been approved.
“There is a fundamental issue if players’ associations and leagues feel that football’s lawmakers are preventing them from doing what they collectively agree is best to protect the safety of players,” White said.
“The next step will be for unions and federations to discuss what that means and what options they have.”
FIFPro and World Leagues Forum, the association of professional football leagues, said in a joint statement that they were “very disappointed” by the decision and would “assess the situation further” and “consider [their] Options moving forward.
The referees must inform the VAR decisions
There was growing frustration with the lack of communication about VAR decisions to the fans.
It will start a 12-month trial of pitch contact at FIFA’s Club World Cup events – which take place from February 1-11 – and, if successful, move on to the Men’s Under-20 World Cup in Indonesia in May and then on to the Club World Cup. Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
It has not yet been decided whether the correspondence in Morocco will be in French, English or Arabic.
A system in which decisions are explained more clearly to those watching at home and in the stadiums would follow cricket and the National Football League (NFL) model of direct interpretations.
“We don’t think the fans are getting enough information,” Bullingham added.
“We’re trying this in the toughest environment first because we think it will be easier in the local leagues.”
Prepare for more wasted time
IFAB also praised his “successful” injury-time policy at the World Cup in Qatar, when matches lasting more than 100 minutes, including stoppages, became the norm.
He is keen to ensure that the time the ball is played goes up and, having rejected alternatives, such as the countdown clock, believes that changes can be made within the existing structure of the game.
Essentially this means injury delay timing and adding that exact figure at the end of the match rather than a rough idea of total time, which will be carried over as a guide for all domestic competitions from next season.
This could mean a massive amount of injury time, but Bullingham feels this will lessen once the ramifications become clear to the players.
“Once there is no incentive to stay, we think there will be less injury time anyway,” he said.
A law has been put in place to guide on offside decisions that were initially relayed last summer, including the issue of players interfering with play.
Controversy over Manchester United equalizer Against Manchester City on Saturday it was discussed whether there was a loophole in the law that needed to be closed.
“The conclusion is that there is no gap in the law,” Bullingham said.