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:
- A video assistant referee team supports the match officials during all 64 matches.
- The video assistant referee team is located in a centralised video operation room in Moscow.
- The video assistant referee team has access to all relevant broadcast cameras and two dedicated offside cameras.
- 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.
- 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.