Video Assistant Referees (VAR)

Learn how VAR will be used in World Cup 2018 and other championships

When VAR is used?

Three main incidents (plus one administrative) have been identified as game-changing.

GOALS

The role of the VAR 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.

PENALTY DECISIONS

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.

DIRECT 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.

MISTAKEN IDENTITY

The referee cautions or sends off the wrong player, or is unsure which player should be sanctioned. The VAR will inform the referee so that the correct player can be disciplined.

Goals and offences leading up to a goal

Penalty decisions and offences leading up to a penalty

Direct red card incidents only

Mistaken identity

How does video assistant referee (VAR) work?

 

STEP 1 

The referee informs the VAR, or the VAR recommends to the referee that a decision/incident should be reviewed.

STEP 2 

The video footage is reviewed by the VAR, who advises the referee via headset what the video shows.

STEP 3 

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 VAR and takes the appropriate action/decision.

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