The introduction of the VAR system is undoubtedly very good news for the referees, but also for footballers! In 2016, UEFA admitted a modern mode to the match, which until recently had undergone a series of tests. Undoubtedly, it’s a system that helps judges in dubious situations. They can help with video replays, thanks to which they will see how a given situation looked on the pitch. Being able to see the incident again can help you choose the right punishment or make decisions that the meeting will depend on.
VAR, or Video Assistant Referee, debuted in the official match in August 2016, but was used for the first time during the Club World Cup when Judge Victor Kassai stopped the game and changed his decision. After watching the replay, he awarded a penalty which resulted in a goal for the team of Kashima Antlers. As we can see – changing the referee’s order can have an immediate effect!
Sceptics were afraid that watching the repetition of the situation will last too long, however, specialists argued that using VAR by the referee will not last longer than 30 seconds, which will not extend the game significantly, will allow for better disposition of penalties and thanks to it referee’s will be able to be not only verify their decisions, but they will also be sure of the penalties themselves. The human eye can be unreliable, and the situation on the pitch is changing very quickly, which is why it’s so important to help the judges.
Thanks to this system, it’s possible to save repetitions from the situation on the pitch, but also to watch them in slow motion, which will help the judges notice different nuances. The VAR system is extremely helpful and will go down in the history of football for good.
From a technical point of view, the system is based not only on additional cameras that see the game on the pitch from different angles and distances, but also are supported by a technical team of judges that will help resolve the issues in dispute. This allows you not only to capture the weak-noticeable nuances, but also to help you capture key situations in the match, which the referee’s eye might not notice.