FIFA, the world football governing body, has approved the Project Team for the implementation of Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology in Ghana.
The decision was made during a meeting on the modalities for the implementation of VAR in Ghana on Monday, April 12, 2021. The FIFA Technical Team approved a project team for Ghana during the meeting, which is the second critical step in the implementation process of the FIFA-approved VAR.
A FIFA VAR Project Team consists of a Project Leader and officers with expertise in Legal, Information Technology, Communication, Finance, Competition/Monitoring & Research, Club Licensing, Security, and Technical and Training areas.
The GFA VAR Project Team approved by FIFA is made up of:
Project leader – Alex Kotey
Legal – Prosper Harrison-Addo.
Finance- Eyram Dzikunu
Communications -Henry Asante Twum
IT – Francis Adu Essah
Research/Monitoring & Security- Julius Emunah
Competitions & Organization – Sena Akoto-Ampaw
Marketing & Publicity- Jamil Maraby
Eddy Maillet – Director of Referees- CAF
Jerome Damon – FIFA/CAF VAR Instructor
Desire Doue – CAF VAR Instructor
With the project team’s approval, a kick-off meeting will be held in three weeks to approve the timelines for all of the various teams involved in the full implementation of the VAR in the 2022/2023 season.
The team will have the opportunity to select and appoint the VAR Technology Provider for the project in Ghana as part of the kick-off meeting.
The Ghana Football Association’s Referee Department is collaborating with FIFA colleagues to ensure a smooth implementation and execution of VAR in our domestic competitions.
The Video Assistant Referee is an assistant referee in association football who intervenes in referee decisions and requests an on-field review using video footage and a headset for communication.
The International Football Association Board (IFAB) first incorporated VAR into the Laws of the Game in 2018, following extensive training in a number of major competitions.
Only a few African countries, namely Morocco, South Africa, and Egypt, currently use VAR in domestic competitions.