England, the VAR system determined the goal of the forward "Leicester" Kelechi Iheanacho
«NO WAR! DO VAR». In the homeland of football surrendered to new technologies

«NO WAR! DO VAR». In the homeland of football surrendered to new technologies

In conservative England for the first time counted a goal with the help of the VAR system in the official tournament. And while this is only the FA Cup, the founders of football have signed that they will not manage without reforms.

What is VAR?

The abbreviation “VAR” stands for Video assistant referee. Within the framework of this system, assistant referees sitting in front of the monitor screens help the chief judge make the right decisions in disputed situations. The system of video cameras allows them to monitor everything that happens on the field, almost excluding the possibility of the appearance of “dead zones”. Yes, yes, just like in Orwell’s anti-utopia.

Initially, it was assumed that the VAR can be used to make four types of decisions: penalties, red cards, goals (and violations of the rules in front of them), as well as cards directed to the wrong address. The referee can ask for help himself, but the team of assistants has the right to draw the attention of the main referee to the controversial episode.

«NO WAR! DO VAR». In the homeland of football surrendered to new technologies

Why is VAR cool?

Well, firstly, this is an opportunity to relieve the judges. And it’s not just about the fact that football has become much more dynamic. The decision is also aimed at psychological relief of the referee. Now the price of error for them is very high, and any puncture causes a monstrous flurry of negative in social networks and media.

Secondly, fans themselves will exhale. If repetitions are introduced everywhere, there will be no doubt about the impartiality of the judge, and the argument “I did not see the moment” will no longer be an argument at all. Still remember how quickly football confrontations grow into banal disputes about who was more offended by the judges? If the spectator calms down and understands that decisions are made on the basis of objective rules, in which there is no place for the human factor, football in football (sorry for the pun) will become much more. Yes, at first you can not avoid mistakes, but the end result should be exactly this.

Why will VAR hurt football?

Imagine for a moment. You are sitting in the stands. Final with your team. Until the end – a few minutes. Your guys are running into the attack. The approach to the gates … GOOOOOOOL! What? There is no goal? Or is there still? Absolutely not. The score on the scoreboard has changed. Or have not you changed? Why does everyone run to the judge? WHAT’S HAPPENING?!
Herein lies the main claim to VAR. Many of us are used to the fact that football is like a first-class Hollywood picture – only without a script. With this here is the magic of live broadcast and the ongoing dynamics. Every moment is important here, and if the referee points to the center of the field, that means only one thing: you can start shouting loudly.

Whether it will be so with VAR is a big question. The main critics of this system are sure that it will destroy football in the form in which it is with us now. In addition, as practice shows, the use of the system does not guarantee the absence of errors, and even after reviewing the repeat, the judges sometimes make wrong decisions. Although in a much smaller volume.

Many of us are used to the fact that football is like a first-rate Hollywood picture – only without a script. With this here is the magic of live broadcast and the ongoing dynamics.

Where have you already introduced this system?

If we talk about the top championships, the first in this issue were the Italians and the Germans. Among other countries – Portugal, Belgium and even South Korea.

Italy, just over 10 years after the scandal with corruption, decided to use the repetitions in the football championship. It is not yet possible to speak unequivocally about the degree of success of the experiment. The local edition of La gazzetta dello sport regularly writes about cases of mistaken decision-making after viewing the episode by an arbiter. Roberto Rosetti believes that Italy is still behind other countries in dealing with repetitions, but notes that arguing with the judges in the A series has become much less. It is the former head of the judiciary of Russia who is now responsible for the implementation of VAR in Italy.

In Germany, the introduction of a system of repetitions was accompanied by a scandal. After several rounds after the beginning of the championship, information was received that the judges received recommendations to use the VAR system in any disputable situation. The strangest thing is that representatives of the clubs learned about this only a short time later. Even worse, the former referee Helmut Krug, who supervised the VAR movement in German football, was accused of pressure on the refereeing group in the match “Schalke” with “Wolfsburg”. The story ended with personnel reshuffles, and Krug was dismissed.

It is obvious that in Europe the introduction of the VAR system has not yet solved the problems with refereeing. But the federations that have embarked on its implementation are united in the fact that this is the right way to develop football. While they patiently smooth out the sharp angles by trial and error.

Should I wait for VAR in Russia?

The appearance of the system in Russia looks logical, given the fact that in our country the first experiment was conducted with her work at a major tournament – the Confederations Cup. Then 4 Russian stadiums were involved, and they are all ready to introduce repetitions. These are stadiums in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi and Kazan.
About the readiness to introduce the system speak in another city in Russia – Krasnodar. The bosses of the same club already installed the necessary equipment, and on December 3 at the match of the Premier League “Krasnodar” – “Akhmat” this equipment was tested for the first time.

Vitaly Mutko, while still president of the RFU, said that the system is supported by more than one Russian club, but until the decision is taken on the whole league, it can not be used in Russia. In addition, the technology will cost a considerable amount, Vitaly Leontyevich said about 10 million dollars a year. Who will pay it – a big question. On the other hand, hardly anyone has doubts that as soon as the decision is made, there will be money for it. Therefore, gentlemen officials, the ball is on your side.

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