Main article: 2018 FIFA tourney officers
On sixteen March 2018, the FIFA Council approved the employment of video assistant referees (VAR) for the primary time during a FIFA tourney tournament.
On twenty-nine March 2018, FIFA frees the list of thirty-six referees and sixty-three assistant referees elite to supervise matches. On thirty Apr 2018, FIFA free the list of thirteen video assistant referees, WHO can only act as VARs within the tournament. On thirty might 2018, Saudi referee Fahad Al-Mirdasi was prohibited for keeps over match-fixing, and he and his 2 assistant referees, prophet Al Abakry and Abdulah Alshalwai, were removed. a brand new referee wasn’t appointed, however, 2 assistant referees, Hasan Almahri of the United Arab Emirates and Hiroshi Yamauchi of Japan, received appointments.