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VAR Video Assistant Referee

Postby Frozy on 25 May 2016, 10:05

Video technology to aid referees in FA Cup next season with replays used for goals, penalties, red cards and mistaken identity
FA in advanced talks about trialling video technology in FA Cup next term
Referees will be able to request incidents to be reviewed in the competition
Video assistant referees can also bring a situation to the official's attention
VAR equipment is easier and cheaper to install than goal-line technology
Referees having access to tablets on the touchline will also be trialled

The Football Association are in advanced talks about trialling video technology to assist referees next season.

They have identified the FA Cup as a suitable competition to test the technology.

An extra official will watch the action on screen, be able to pan around the pitch, zoom in and out of incidents and have constant radio communication with the officials on the pitch.

A referee will be able to request a situation to be reviewed or the video assistant referee (VAR) can bring an incident to the official's attention.

Referees having access to tablets on the touchline to review incidents will also be trialled.

Video replays will be used to help referees with decisions on four key areas — goals, penalties, red cards and mistaken identity.

This will go some way to stopping the problem of grappling in the penalty area at set-pieces and corners which has polluted the game in recent years, because referees will have instant access to replays giving a clearer picture of what happened.

Premier League referees, in particular, have come under increasing pressure with every decision scrutinised by TV replays available to pundits and viewers.

Turkey manager Fatih Terim showed the fourth official a replay of Harry Kane's offside goal on a smartphone on the touchline during England's win on Sunday. before having the device confiscated.

There is a feeling at the FA that similar incidents will become commonplace in the near future with clubs being able to watch video replays instantly on tablets, phones and, potentially, watches.

Unlike goal-line technology, which is only running in the Premier League in this country because of its cost, VAR equipment is easier and cheaper to install because it uses the broadcast equipment already in place with special software installed on computers. There are cameras at every Football League ground which could support this.

The FA have held meetings with the Premier League, Football League and the referees' governing body to consider trials of the technology across the English game.

A three-day meeting run by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) — FIFA's law- makers — was held in Holland last week, explaining how VAR works. It was attended by FA chief executive Martin Glenn, former referee David Elleray and current FA Head of Senior Referee Development Neale Barry.

England were one of 15 countries who took part in the discussions and those interested in testing the technology have until the end of May to notify, so that officials can be trained and the system can be put in place.

It is believed that the FA will signal their intent to take part.

The Dutch FA have already been running initial trials of the technology.

The trials, starting in August, will take place for at least two years and, provided they are successful, will be signed off by IFAB and could become part of the official rulebook by 2018.



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Re: VAR Video Assistant Referee

Postby billytheyidd on 28 May 2016, 08:17

About bloody time
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Re: VAR Video Assistant Referee

Postby Frozy on 27 Jun 2017, 00:33

After watching the many trials this has had so far theres a LOT of problems with it that need ironed out for this to be feasible.
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