The era of VAR in Southern Africa is here!

COSAFA is about to embark on an exciting new era with the acquisition of Video Assistant Referee (VAR) equipment to both roll out at its tournaments and use as a teaching tool for training purposes for match officials on the continent.

COSAFA is now in possession of the equipment and will have it in play in the later stages of the men’s senior COSAFA Cup that is set for June.

After a successful pilot project last year at the COSAFA Women’s Championship, the aim is now to have VAR at all COSAFA events in the future.

But the system will also be used to train referees, which is becoming vital with CAF and FIFA requiring licensed VAR operators at their events.

In this episode of The COSAFA Show, we chat to COSAFA Executive Director Sue Destombes and COSAFA Referees Manager Felix Tangawarima about the way forward with VAR in the region.