The FIFA soccer world governing body announced on Tuesday that it has started a competition to develop a universal and fast and cheap refereeing technology.
The competition will be held in 2019.
FIFA says it is interested in developing a system that is “comprehensive, affordable, and efficient”.
The FIFA team says the universal refereeing system could provide more certainty and safety in football, a field where there have been many incidents of violence, including attacks on referees.
“The development of a universal referee system could significantly improve the safety of FIFA football fans, referees and players, particularly those who are involved in violent incidents in the field of play,” said Michel Platini, president of FIFA, in a statement.
“Our vision is that this technology can reduce the number of incidents of violent conduct on the field and in stadiums, and also reduce the risk of injuries, especially in the case of those who suffer serious injuries.”
“Our aim is that, by 2019, the technology will be in place that can ensure the safety and security of all FIFA fans and players and also to reduce the amount of injuries sustained by them.”
“The competition has been initiated to identify technologies that are ready to be deployed in 2018 and 2019, with the goal of producing a new universal referee standard,” the FIFA statement continued.
“We will work together with the relevant stakeholders and stakeholders will be invited to participate.”
The FIFA competition is in response to a number of cases in which referees have been attacked.
In June this year, England were accused of committing an “unlawful attack” against a referee in the first game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
It later emerged that the referee had been badly injured and the English Football Association (EFA) subsequently withdrew the charges.
A year earlier, in October 2018, an Italian referee was attacked by a player in the final of the UEFA Champions League.
The referee had earlier received a red card for a challenge on England defender Ben Foster.
He later returned to the pitch and was replaced by Italian referee Marco Tardelli.
The FIFA ruling also comes amid a rise in violence at stadiums.
In April, a Brazilian referee was arrested after being attacked by an angry fan after a friendly between Brazil and Uruguay.
In September this year a man was injured after he was tackled by an England supporter in the stadium of the World Cup qualifier between Brazil, Russia and Chile in Salvador.
The World Cup kicks off in Russia on June 10 and Brazil’s World Cup semi-final with France takes place on June 16.