What you should know about the Video Assistant Referee(VAR)

WHAT DOES A VAR ACTUALLY DO?

A video assistant referee (VAR) has a very complex task when using video technology in a match at the at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. In this video, Felix Zwayer explains what a VAR actually does.

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What is video assistant referee?

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.

There are 4 types of calls that can be reviewed:
  • Goals and whether there was a violation during the buildup
  • Penalty decisions
  • Red card decisions (second yellow cards are not reviewable)
  • Mistaken identity in awarding a red or yellow card
Video assistant referee (VAR) is to be deployed in 2018 FIFA World Cup™, here are the five essential facts you should know about the technology itself ahead of the World cup Russia:
  1. A video assistant referee team supports the match officials during all 64 matches.
  2. The video assistant referee team is located in a centralised video operation room in Moscow.
  3. The video assistant referee team has access to all relevant broadcast cameras and two dedicated offside cameras.
  4. The video assistant referee does not take any decisions; he supports the referee in the decision making process and the final decision can only be taken by the referee.
  5. Football fans will be informed about the review process by broadcasters, commentators and infotainment.

WHAT DOES A VAR ACTUALLY DO?

A video assistant referee (VAR) has a very complex task when using video technology in a match at the at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. In this video, Felix Zwayer explains what a VAR actually does.