Video assistant referees are set to be used at this year's World Cup in Russia.
The International Football Association Board "unanimously approved" the technology's use after a meeting in Zurich on Saturday.
IFAB described its decision as an "historic step for greater fairness in football".
But VAR has not been without controversy. Critics say it leads to confusion during games, especially for spectators in stadiums who are often unaware when a decision is being reviewed.
The VAR system has already been trialled in Germany and Italy and some domestic cup matches in England.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino has said the final decision on VAR's use at the 2018 World Cup in Russia will be taken later this month at a meeting in Bogota.