Spanish league to use video assistant referees next season

FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, center, duels against Las Palmas' Matias Aguirregaray, left, and Ximo Navarro, during a Spanish La liga soccer match at the Gran Canaria stadium in the Canary island of Las Palmas, Thursday March 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Lucas de Leon)

MADRID — The Spanish league says it plans to use video assistant referees next season.

The league and the Spanish soccer federation say in a statement they are working toward the implementation of VAR for the first division. They say that have agreed to establish a center of video operations at the federation's campus in Las Rozas near Madrid.

They also say referees and referee assistants will begin training to use the video replay system starting Friday.

Several European leagues already use VARs and FIFA is proposing to use them at this year's World Cup in Russia.

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