FIFA Quality Programme for Video Assistant Referee (VAR) Technology

The use of video assistant referees (VARs) in football was included in the Laws of the Game in the 2018/2019 edition. FIFA has now launched the FIFA Quality Programme for VAR Technology, which assesses the technological aspects of VAR systems.

 

 

Since the use of VARs was approved, FIFA and The IFAB have been supporting competition organisers with the implementation of the technology through the Implementation Assistance and Approval Programme (IAAP). This enables the same standards to be applied when implementing VAR systems, offering assistance in tackling the challenges related to the organisation and management of VAR implementation and overseeing training programmes for personnel in charge of VAR technology.

While the IAAP focuses on the operational and educational aspects of the use of VARs, test methods have been developed for technical assessment as part of the FIFA Quality Programme for VAR Technology. By evaluating three main criteria that have a huge impact on the review process, this testing complements the IAAP.

Test protocol & certification

VAR systems are integrated into the broadcast set-up through the broadcast feed being collected and delivered to the video operation room (VOR), where the VARs are located. Within this set-up, the test protocol of the FIFA Quality Programme focuses on testing three technical aspects that have a direct influence on the VAR video output. These requirements are:

  • Synchronicity
  • Latency
  • Video quality

VAR technologies that successfully pass the test are certified by FIFA for a two-year period before they have to be retested. Providers wishing to certify their VAR technology need to follow the official application process to obtain certification.

View and download the requirements through the following links: Handbook of Test Methods for Video Assistan Referee Systems and VAR IAAP Technology. Please note that these documents are only first versions and will certainly be updated over time. We have also prepared a guide on How to obtain VAR technology certification.

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