Football’s lawmakers insist ‘there would be uproar’ if VAR was axed



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Football’s lawmakers have insisted VAR is here to stay and that there would be ‘uproar’ if the controversial technology was scrapped despite dividing opinion.

The introduction of referees checking their pitchside monitors has failed to assuage frustration from supporters, players and coaches alike over how VAR is used and the interpretation of the laws of the game. 

David Elleray, the technical director of the International Football Association Board (IFAB), and Lukas Brud, the secretary at the same organisation, spoke to The Times about the future of VAR and defended its much-maligned track record.



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Football’s lawmakers insist VAR is here to stay and that there would be ‘uproar’ if it was axed



a group of football players on a field: The controversial technology has continued to frustrate players and coaches alike this season


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The controversial technology has continued to frustrate players and coaches alike this season

The rise in controversial handball calls and incidents across

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Rio Ferdinand slams ‘disgraceful’ VAR as Man Utd rescued by dodgy call after Bruno Fernandes foul vs West Brom

MANCHESTER UNITED legend called VAR a ‘disgrace’ after it rescued his old side against West Brom.

Bruno Fernandes was perhaps the luckiest player on the pitch as he benefited TWICE from the video technology during the 1-0 win.

VAR has been slammed after it helped Manchester United to victory over West Brom

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Referee David Coote awarded the Baggies a penalty early in the second half after adjudging Fernandes had fouled Conor Gallagher but changed his mind after a video ref prompt.

That was despite TV replays appearing to show United’s Portuguese star whacking Gallagher’s shin.

Minutes later Coote awarded United a penalty for handball against Semi Ajayi — even though the Baggies player had his back turned.

Coote’s decision was supported by VAR and Fernandes converted the twice-taken spot kick after video technology

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FIFA’s semi-automated offside VAR technology to go into development in 2021

FIFA is to push ahead with trials of Artificial Intelligence-driven semi-automated VAR offside technology, aimed at speeding up the process and making it more accurate.

Three technology providers will move into the next development phase in 2021, with FIFA hoping it can be rolled out fully by 2022 and be used at the Qatar World Cup.

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VAR offside has caused huge controversy across all the top European leagues, with players having goals disallowed due to being millimetres ahead of the last defender, even though there is clear doubt over the system’s reliability.

The availability of the correct frame to show the point the pass was made, as well as the subjective nature of the VAR

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FIFA ask tech companies to set up new system for automated VAR offsides

Could offside calls be AUTOMATED? FIFA asks firms to come up with new technology that will help decide close VAR calls based on algorithms of what IS and ISN’T offside, based on hundreds of real incidents

  • FIFA are working with tech companies to oversee the development of VAR 
  • Across Europe the system has been criticised for it handling of tight offside calls 
  • Tests will be carried out to determine whether offside can be called by algorithm
  • FIFA also discussed development of the VAR ‘light’ concept to improve visuals

Offside has taken one big step closer to being determined purely by automated technology, rather than the current Video Assistant Referee system of dotted lines and a second pair of eyes.

VAR offside controversies have been swirling around Europe all season so far, causing

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