The Scottish Football Association


William Collum appointed as VAR for Under-20 World Cup

Monday, 15 May 2017

William Collum has been appointed as a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Korea Republic which begins this Saturday.


This is the first time video assistance has been used to support referees with “match-changing” decisions in a FIFA youth competition.


This trial will involve video assistant referees (VARs) being given access to all broadcast feeds inside a video operations room, enabling them to provide information to the referee on the field of play in order to correct clear mistakes in “match-changing” situations. These include serious incidents including goals, penalty decisions, direct red cards and cases of mistaken identity.


The VARs will play a supporting role along with the assistant referees and the fourth official, but the referee will continue to take the first as well as the final decision on the field of play.


William Collum has been a Scottish FA referee since 2000 and represented Scotland at Euro 2016.


He will be in Korea Republic for the competition which will take place in the cities Cheonan, Daejeon, Incheon, Jeju, Jeonju and Suwon between 20 May and 11 June 2017. 


On the news of the announcement, Collum said: “I will be utitilsed to help rectify major errors in the game and improve the standard of decision making.


“I attended the FIFA Candidate’s course in Florida and we had the chance to work as a referee with a VAR as well as being a VAR, working with a referee.


“It was really successful so I’m looking forward to seeing it being utilised at a major finals.


“There is a demand for some kind of use of technology in football at the moment so I hope these trials are successful.


“I’d imagine IFAB and FIFA will make a decision quite early in 2018 with the hope of using Video Assistant Referees at the forthcoming World Cup in Russia.


“It’s good to be involved at the Under-20s World Cup as it means I can bring back things to my colleagues in Scotland. It’s all part of an education process.”



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