VAR will be used for the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2020 play-off semi-final against Slovakia in March.

UEFA have confirmed that the technology will be utilised for the play-off games, having opted not to use VAR during the qualifiers.

Ireland take on the Slovaks on 26 March, with the winner facing a trip to either Northern Ireland or Bosnia and Herzegovina, who meet in the other last-four clash.

It had had already been confirmed that VAR would be in use for the finals, which will be hosted across 12 different cities, including Dublin. 

It should at least ease any worries Irish fans might have had about witnessing a repeat of the famous 2010 World Cup play-off second against France in Paris, when Thierry Henry's handball led to the William Gallas goal that knocked the Boys in Green out.

Had VAR been around then, that goal would not have stood. 

Meanwhile the pots for the UEFA Nations League draw have been confirmed.

Ireland, as expected, are in Nations League B again and allocated in Pot 3 for the draw on 2 March.

As a result they will be paired with one side from each pot below.  

  • Pot 1: Russia, Austria, Wales, Czech Republic
  • Pot 2: Scotland, Norway, Serbia, Finland
  • Pot 4: Bulgaria, Israel, Hungary, Romania