The AFC have confirmed the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system will be used from the quarter-final stage of the 2020 Asian Champions League.
This will be the first time the VAR has been introduced in the AFC’s club competitions.
The technology made its debut in Asian football at last year’s Asian Cup, when it was used for the quarter-finals of the tournament in the UAE.
The system was then successfully implemented across all 32 matches at the AFC U23 Championship in Thailand, earlier this year.
To further strengthen the AFC’s capabilities in the VAR System application in the Asian Champions League, a virtual AFC VAR Information Officer (VIO) Workshop will be organised on August 26 to ensure VIO’s are across all of the latest VAR developments.
The VAR system, which aims to provide minimum interference with maximum benefit, is limited to four game-changing decisions or incidents: a goal or no goal, penalty-kicks, direct red cards and mistaken identity decisions, AFC said.
The Asian Champions League, Asia’s elite club competition, was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March of this year.
The competition will resume in the West Asia hub of Qatar on September 14, with the East Asia hub of Malaysia to restart on October 16.