The technology has had a mixed start but will become part of the sport forever if its trial is deemed successful on Monday
On Monday, a small group of Belgian academics will hold the future of the world’s most popular sport in their hands. The team from the University of Leuven, led by Prof Werner Helsen, will travel to Zurich and present the findings of two years of study to the International Football Association Board (Ifab). If their findings are positive then video assistant referees will become part of football for good.
Technically speaking, the rubber stamp on any decision will be given by Ifab at its AGM in March. But next week will be when a project that has encompassed 14 different countries, hundreds of matches, thousands of officials, tens of thousands of incidents and innumerable camera angles will finally be assessed. So what can we expect?