What Is VAR And How Does It Work In Football

The latest news in the field of football regulations, the VAR regulates some dubious situations during a match that can prove decisive.

Football is considered by many to be the most beautiful sport in the world, but those who want to approach the world of football are often amazed by the incredible amount of controversy that surrounds each match. And it’s not just about the match itself, but also about the transfer market, the round of money, favoritism and many other things that actually have very little to do with the game itself.

However, we know that football faith in Italy is not something you can joke about, for some fans perhaps a little too ‘passionate’ the favorite team is practically the reason for living. The discussions between fans of different teams (sometimes even the same team) become so heated that it is practically impossible to try to calm the spirits.

One of the things that have most infuriated the fans since football was born are penalties whistled by the referees when there was actually no foul intervention. Even more are the goals awarded when the ball has not completely crossed the goal line or those in offside. These are all situations on which there have been great debates for years, between those who think there are referees ‘bought’ by the strongest teams in the league and those who even consider the penalty kick a rule too punitive for the outcome of a match.

Precisely for this reason the VAR has finally been introduced in the world of football, a system that in other sports such as basketball has already existed for a very long time.

What is the VAR?

The meaning of VAR is Video Assistant Referee, which is a sort of instant replay that allows the referees to review the actions from different angles to confirm or cancel the call of a foul in the area or perhaps a dubious goal. The VAR in football ( we say the VAR and not the VAR ) is commonly called ‘ slow motion in the field’ and is somehow managing to ‘fix’ in some way the age-old problem of ‘wrong’ referee whistles.

However, this new technology has made it very difficult to enter the world of football, in fact first goal referees were used, or referees positioned behind the goal of the two teams who had the task of controlling the actual passage of the ball over the line. of the goal. Only in 2017 the VAR finally arrived in the Italian championship, after being approved in 2016 by FIFA.

How does it work?

Before this technology can be implemented in competitions, the organization must meet certain requirements of the VAR protocol without which authorization cannot be obtained. The VAR is not a ‘robot’ capable of analyzing the actions, in fact behind the screens there will be one or more referees in charge of reviewing the video and consulting with the referee. The VAR will have the VOR (Video Operating Room) from which to see the whole game and will be supported by an assistant and a video operator who will manage the replays. Only the referee designated at the VAR and the two assistants can enter the video room to watch the entire match.

The VAR can only be used in certain cases, moreover only the referee can ask for the revision, so coaches and players of the two teams on the field cannot absolutely demand slow motion. The referee may decide not to use it perhaps because, in consultation with his linesmen, he decides that his whistle is absolutely valid. Finally, the final word on the infringement of the game, whether wrong or right, is always up to the referee and not to the VAR, unless a referee’s whistle turns out to be an obvious error when reviewed at slow motion.

The regulation of the VAR

The VAR can be consulted by the referees on the field only in certain situations, that is, those that can alter the course of the game or the result. The most common use of VAR is to determine whether the whistle of a penalty kick is valid or not. The VAR will check the player’s position (if at the edge of the opponent’s area), the type of foul and obviously also whether this foul has occurred.

In international cup leagues and national leagues such as Serie A, VAR often has to ‘disprove’ simulation attempts by the ‘smartest’ strikers who use a clean intervention by a defender to try to get a penalty kick. Some champions should come in with the best mattress for the time they spend on the ground rather than running. With episodes of this kind, games of great importance have been determined, for this reason the VAR is an excellent system to avoid compromising the best matches due to a ‘cunning’ of the players.

The VAR is crucial to understand, without fear of errors, if a player who scores a goal is in a regular position or offside. Through the VAR it is possible to understand exactly the position of attackers and defenders, so as to evaluate the offside or not, which is very important in the most excited games, especially when the clock is about to reach the end.

We know that football is not really a sport where fair play reigns, on the other hand there is no game where the players do not pretend to have suffered the amputation of a limb even when they are just touched by an opponent. In this regard, the VAR is also called to review unsuitable behaviors by the players a little more ‘mad’. Bites, shots when the game is stopped, spitting and offensive gestures that the referee does not see can be resumed by the VAR to allow the most appropriate measures to be taken.

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