Video assistant referees (VAR)
How video assistant referees improve the game
When are VARs used?
Three main incidents (plus one administrative) have been identified as game-changing. Only these are part of the VAR experiments.
The role of the VARs is to assist the referee to determine whether there was an infringement that means a goal should not be awarded. As the ball has crossed the line, play is interrupted so there is no direct impact on the game.
The role of the VAR is to ensure that no clearly wrong decisions are made in conjunction with the award or non-award of a penalty kick.
Red card incidents
The role of the VAR is to ensure that no clearly wrong decisions are made in conjunction with sending off or not sending off a player.
The referee cautions or sends off the wrong player, or is unsure which player should be sanctioned. The VARs will inform the referee so that the correct player can be disciplined.
How do video assistant referees (VARs) work?
The referee informs the VARs, or the VARs recommend to the referee that a decision/incident should be reviewed.
Review and advice by VARs
The video footage is reviewed by the VARs, who advise the referee via headset what the video shows.
Decision or action is taken
The referee decides to review the video footage on the side of the field of play before taking the appropriate action/decision, or the referee accepts the information from the VARs and takes the appropriate action/decision.