This is how the VAR that FIFA launches at the 2018 World Cup in Russia works

A World Cup is always an interesting event, even for those who do not like this sport. In this year there is also an historical incentive: for the first time, FIFA has authorized the use of technology in football, the so-called VAR that opens at the 2018 World Cup in Russia .

This technology consists of using repetitions to make decisions in real time , that is, that the referee can stop the game to check if a ghost goal has entered or not. It has already been tested in competitions such as the English FA Cup, but this is the highest level event in which we will see it.

It is a historic fact because until now the International Federation of Associated Football (FIFA) has always been reluctant to arbitrate matches using technology. No doubt the operation of the VAR has its drawbacks and critics, but will help to make this sport more fair.

Before you leave with the doubt, let’s clarify how the VAR that FIFA launches at the 2018 World Cup works .

What VAR means

Let’s start the house on the roof: the initials of the VAR come from English and mean Video Assistant Referee , which in Spanish are translated as Assistant Video Referee . The name is not insignificant, since it is not an automatic technology but implies that humans should review the video.

It is similar to the hawk eye that has worked in tennis for years, although with some key differences when making decisions. In soccer it is not so simple since in spite of the VAR there are decisions that are subjective .

Who can order it and how many times

The first difference with respect to the hawk’s eye is that the players can not ask to see the video of the play. The operation of the VAR in Russia 2018 does not contemplate repeating the play at the request of the teams , but of the referee. So far it has been where it has been applied because it is the FIFA regulations.

Therefore, only the referee can unilaterally decide to video arbitrate a play, and he can do it as many times as he wants.

In which cases does it apply

There are four cases in which the referee of the match may request the video repetition of the play. Some may think that they are limited, but the truth is that they cover most of the problems that can occur in a game.

They have not been included anymore so as not to slow down the course of the game in excess. These are the cases in which the VAR can be used:

  • Goals
  • Penalty
  • Rojas
  • Identity confusion

Does the game stand still?

One of the main concerns of the most purist of football is that the operation of VAR in the 2018 World Cup in Russia slows down a lot of matches and introduces too many stoppages.

The truth is that it can happen, since the power to use it infinitely times the referee can stop the game as many times as necessary. Let’s say that in a minute there can be three actions worthy of the repetition in video.

When requesting it, two things can happen:

  • That the assistants communicate to the referee what has happened and the referee gives it for good
  • That the referee has to go to the band to watch the video

The first case is pretty fast. In a few seconds the problem is over. In the second the thing is much slower, as it was possible to verify in the Liverpool – West Bromwich Albion of FA Cup last January .

If you have more questions, you can resolve them on the official FIFA website .

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