It’s been quite some years since the first time soccer implemented the Video Assistant Referee (VAR). However, up to this date, it still presents some controversies that cry for adjustments. What pros and cons can we make out of this period of having crucial plays reviewed on video?
If we had all soccer fans vote, I might risk stating that the competition would be pretty tricky. Many public statements have risen since the appearance of VAR in soccer. Some state it makes the sport more transparent, while others claim that it doesn’t work the way it should. In this article, we’ll revise the most controversial plays and how efficient VAR was in soccer.
The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) is an official referee that helps the primary judge decide whenever a controversial play arises. Through different cameras strategically positioned in a match, they watch and repeat those critical moments. If something is worth telling, they communicate it to the referee.
However, the VAR cannot participate in every single play where the referee makes a mistake. To avoid having that many interruptions, there are specific moments where VAR can intercede. These moments are the following:
Main judges also have the possibility of asking for a revision. They can either ask the VAR to check a play for them, go to the video replay cabin, or both.
Since its first application, the VAR has interceded in many crucial moments in soccer. In some, it was beneficial and prevented goals or fouls that would have passed unnoticed. However, on other occasions, VAR interceded and turned things to the worst. Here are some examples:
These are just a few cases where VAR didn’t act as it should have during official matches. Overall, the VAR is still an official resource, and it seems authorities aren’t willing to change their minds. However, we can conclude that, even though the VAR may benefit transparence it soccer, it still needs some adjustments. Thank you for reading, see you next time!