Referees to use video replays at Club World Cup

Referees will be able to use video replays for the first time at the Club World Cup, FIFA have confirmed.

The Club World Cup gets underway in Japan today, with Kashima Antlers taking on Auckland City, in Yokohama, and there will be a historic innovation introduced to the matches.

Referees will be able to watch footage of “match-changing” situations on a pitch-side monitor, which hasn’t been present in previous trials of video technology, when only assistant referees were able to view live pictures.

The on-field official will still have the final judgement in any decision, although the video assistants will be employed to avoid errors in serious incidents.

"Ultimately, these tests should prove invaluable in terms of determining whether the processes are sound or whether any further refinements are needed," said former Dutch international Marco Van Basten, now FIFA’s chief of technical development.

"At the same time it's important to remember that we are entering somewhat unchartered territory here, given that we are going live for the first time."

FIFA expect to conduct further trials in several countries throughout 2017.

The Club World Cup also involves Jeonbuk, Club America, Mamelodi Sundowns, Atletico Nacional and Real Madrid, and runs until December 18.