Experiments with Video Assistant Referees (VARs)

Does the implementation of Video Assistant Referees improve the game?

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Extraordinary progress’ made on VAR

The possibility of having video assistant referees (VARs) in football continues to move forward with The IFAB and FIFA working closely with interested leag...

FIFA Nov. 23, 2016

FIFA holds successful first official “semi-live” tests with Video Assistant Refe...

On 1 September 2016, FIFA successfully conducted its first official “semi-live” Video Assistant Referees (VAR) test during the friendly match between Italy...

FIFA Nov. 23, 2016

First 'live' video replays trials underway at IFAB workshop

Video assistant referees have been used for the first time in a 'live' experiment in New Jersey, USA, during a workshop organised by The IFAB in cooperatio...

FIFA Nov. 23, 2016

IFAB agrees to introduce experiments with video assistant referees

A landmark decision by the International Football Association Board (The IFAB) at its 130th Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Cardiff, Wales, will pave the w...

FIFA Nov. 23, 2016

How do VARs work?

STEP 1

Incident occurs

The referees inform the VARs or the VARs recommend to the referee that a decision/ incident should be reviewed.

STEP 2

Review and advice by VARs

The video footage is reviewed by the VARs who advise the referee via headset what the video shows.

STEP 3

Decision or action is taken

The referee decides to review the video footage on the side of the field of play before taking the appropriate action/ decision Or the referee accepts the information from the VARs and takes the appropriate action/ decision.

When are VARs used?

Goals

The role of VARs is to assist the referee to determine whether there was an infringement that means a goal should not be awarded. As the ball has crossed the line, play is interrupted so there is no direct impact on the game.

Penalty decisions

The role of the VAR is to ensure that no clearly wrong decisions are made in conjunction with the award or non-award of a penalty kick.

Red card incidents

The role of the VAR is to ensure that no clearly wrong decisions are made in conjunction with sending off or not sending off the player.

Mistaken Identity

The referee cautions or sends off the wrong player, or is unsure which player should be sanctioned. The VARs will inform the referee so that the correct player can be disciplined.