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Video assistant referees to be tested in official soccer matches in the Netherlands

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The Video Assistant Referee for soccer will get its first test in official matches this week during the KNVB Cup in the Netherlands, according to the Royal Dutch Football Association.

The referee on the field will be in contact with the video referee via headset when Ajax faces Willem II on Wednesday and also on Thursday when Feyenoord takes on FC Oss. The video referee can assist on calls including penalties, red cards and goals in dispute due to infractions or offsides calls.

The tests will take place at stadiums that have experienced previous tests. KNVB director Gijs de Jong said in a statement the video referee for his organization had been in the works since 2011.

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