Var Technology Known as The video assistant referee (VAR) is a football assistant referee who reviews decisions made by the head referee with the use of video footage and a headset for communication. In 2018, VARs were written into the Laws of the Game by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) following trials in a number of major competitions.

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When is VAR Technology used?

  • GOALS
  • PENALTY DECISIONS
  • DIRECT RED CARD INCIDENTS
  • MISTAKEN BOOKING IDENTITY

VAR is implemented in these aspects of the game listed above to make sure all decisions above which are deemed Game-Changing are blown correctly and in fair play.

When is a VAR Technology called upon?

A review is issued after an incident when The referee informs the VAR, or the VAR recommends to the referee that a decision/incident should be reviewed.

BEFORE VAR:

The game of football is arguably the most passion driven sport on Earth which is no surprise looking at the size of fan base the game has amassed over time. I love the game and I am passionate about football, if you are too! Then you would agree with me that it’s a lovely feeling when you are behind or part of a winning team, you would also agree that it does really hurt when you are on a losing side of a game, even worse when the latter happens because of the Human Error unavoidably present to a certain proportion in every Human Referee we have ever had in the game.

To eliminate this error as should be, VAR is born ……….

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Tom Henning Ovrebo turned down four penalty appeals by Chelsea in 2009

VAR PRAISED:

Yussuf Poulsen of Denmark fouls Peru’s Christian Cueva on June 16 during the match, PERU vs DENMARK: Group C – 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. The referee Bakary Gassama having initially waved play on, was ALERTED to Denmark’s Yussuf Poulsen having made clear contact with Peru’s Christian Cueva, reviewed the footage and CORRECTLY pointed to the spot.

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VAR CRUCIFIED:

Harry Kane felt that he should have been awarded two penalties against Tunisia on June 18 during the match, TUNISIA vs ENGLAND: Group G – 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. After a harsh  penalty confirmed by VAR earlier had been awarded for Kyle Walker’s elbow making contact with a Tunisia midfielder in the box, England were then denied what appeared to be two possible penalty claims as Harry Kane was mauled during set pieces at the other end. On this occasion the responsibilities for a call rested upon the shoulders of the off-field referees but for some UNKNOWN reasons they chose not to call on-field official for review, Leaving so many questions about the new rule unanswered:

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UNANSWERED QUESTIONS:

  1. When are the REFEREEING TEAM obliged to CALL on VAR for a review?
  2. When are the REFEREEING TEAM obliged to ACCEPT a review RECOMMENDATION by VAR?
  3. What happens if the REFEREEING TEAM disregard to CALL or ACCEPT a contentious review and plays on with the game?

These questions then again bring back the Refereeing Human Errors we were trying to avoid in the first instance. For the meantime I would suggest the inclusion of the Teams in the VAR Review decision process as that would ease the sense of blame on any side and rather increase the passion for competition in the beautiful game!

I would suggest Team Coaches be given some leverage to call on VAR when they feel misjudged! Probably as limited leverage like Tennis players challenging umpire calls.

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