Morocco Introduces VAR to its Domestic League, Becomes First African Nation to use the Technology

Morocco have introduced the Video Assistant Referee in their domestic league.

The development makes Morocco the first African country to introduce the technology driven referee assistant to their domestic league.

It will be recalled that President of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF), Faouzi Lakjaa, had in February announced plans of the country’s FA to introduce the VAR into Morrocan league in at the new season.

 “Referees will also be trained for the task ahead”, the Moroccan FA boss said.

 Training sessions were held at the Mohammed VI Conference Palace in Skhirat near Rabat in September.

On Saturday, the Thrones Cup semifinal match in Tangier between Ittihad Athletic Sports Casablanca and El Jadidas Difaa El Hassani marked the official use of VAR in Morocco.

Casablanca won the tie 1-0, courtesy of a 120-minute penalty awarded by VAR that decided the game.

The second semifinal game in Marrakech between Hassania Agadir and Maghreb Athletic Tetouan on Sunday witnessed the use of Video Assistant Referee.

Before Sunday’s game in Marrakech, it was understood that IFAB committee last week visited Morocco to take a look at the VAR setup in Marrakech.


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