Sunday, 9 January 2022

AFCON 2023 : CAF Introduce Video Assistant Referee, VAR in all Matches

Asuquo Cletus Felix

The African Cup of Nations (AFCON) which begins on Sunday, the 9th of December, will have the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) in all of it 52 matches.

The competition, will begin with the hosts Cameroon taking on Burkina Faso at the Olembe Stadium in Yaounde.

The final match of the 24-team competition will hold at the same venue on February 6th, 2021.

The video assistant referee is a match official in association football who reviews decisions made by the head referee with the use of video footage and headsets for communication. This is specifically in order to minimize human errors, such as offsides, conflicting goals causing substantial influence on match results.

Recalled that the organisers, the Confederation of African Football (CAF), had previously used VAR from the quarter-finals stage of the 2019 edition in Egypt.

It is expected to help improve the image of refereeing and also produce world-class match officials in Africa.

Sixty-three match officials, including women referees Salima Mukasanga (Rwanda), Carine Atemzabong (Cameroon), Fatiha Jermoumi (Morocco) and Bouchra Karboubi (Morocco), have been listed for the matches.


The list consists of 24 referees, 31 assistant referees and eight VARs, all coming from 36 countries.

The roster includes two referees from the CONCACAF as part of an inter-confederation skills exchange programme.