World football governing body, FIFA, have given English football the go-ahead to trial video technology.
The video technology will cover rugby-style TV replays, and will cover disputed goals, penalties and red cards, and will come into effect from next year.
That could also lead to the FA Cup using the technology in the next few years with the Premier League also expected to use the new technology as well.
The International FA Board – which is made up of football’s world governing body FIFA and the four British FAs – announced reviews of ‘game-changing decisions’ will begin no later than the 2017-18 season.
“We have taken really a historic decision for football,” said FIFA’s new president Gianni Infantino, who attended the meeting in Cardiff. “We have shown we are listening to the fans, the players.”
The IFAB meeting also agreed to modify the so-called “triple punishment” of sending-off, penalty and suspension for stopping a goal-scoring opportunity.
Players will in future be cautioned rather than sent off for less serious fouls in the box.
“We are applying common sense,” added Infantino.
“Of course, we have to be cautious but we are also open to taking concrete measures. We cannot close our eyes to the future but it doesn’t mean to say it will work. The flow of the game is crucial. We cannot put that in danger.”
The crucial next step will be how the system will work.
The FA’s chief exec Martin Glenn said: “It’s not the technology that’s difficult, it’s the practical application to keep the game flowing.”