Football does not need the VAR System

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    Many incidents come to mind when a wrong decision made by the referee has caused controversy and arguments as to whether the Video Assistant Referee should be called into action.

    Frank Lampard’s goal in the quarter-finals of the 2010 World Cup and Sulley Muntari’s ‘phantom goal’ against Juventus back in 2012 in an Italian league game are examples of poor refereeing. Offside calls are always debated, especially in the big games where an inch is the difference between a goal being wrongly disallowed, which of course changes the outcome of a game.

    Recently, FIFA have trialled the new VAR system which allows the referee to refer to his watch which is connected to the video review to determine the correct decision. As well as experimenting with it at international youth tournaments, this year’s FIFA Confederations Cup was the first real big tournament that it was used.

    It’s fair to say that it was a shambles, with clear incidents still not being picked up on which only frustrates teams and supporters.

    The beautiful game of ours has been running for about 150 years now and people enjoy it because it is simple to play with hardly no interruptions. The running of the sport has been fine, so the VAR for me is not necessary.

    The referee has first preference as to when he can use the new technology. As we know, there are many events that happen during a game of football which forces the ref to make a quick decision. Making a split second decision shouldn’t result in a problem if they are keeping up with the game and using their other officials to help them with making the correct call.

    It will only slow the game down which means the flow of matches will be non-existent. Referring to the video constantly for offsides, penalty decisions and red cards will make the game boring to view, which is what football’s governing body needs to be mindful of.

    In the Confederations Cup this year, I think everyone can agree that it took far too long for the referees to determine the correct decision. This makes fans inside the stadium and watching at home impatient, because all they want to see is a game of football being played between two teams fighting for a win.

    It’s not just the pace of the game that I don’t particularly prefer.

    After a game when a bad decision has been made, it brings up interesting talking points for pundits and fans to discuss and argue about which is one of the beauties of our game. It allows for people to come together and express their own thoughts on an event that has happened, sparking excitement and intrigue.

    The only rule change that has been worthwhile is the goalkeeper picking up the ball from a back pass to help not waste time and keep the game moving. The introduction of the video review system will only do the opposite of that.

    I respect FIFA’s commitment and enthusiasm in trying to make the game more fair and enjoyable for everyone involved. Unfortunately though, this review system is set up to cause more harm than good.

    There’s nothing wrong with the game we love, so don’t change it if it doesn’t need to be fixed.

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    The Crowd Says (14)

    • August 6th 2017 @ 7:06am
      Waz said | August 6th 2017 @ 7:06am | ! Report

      Didn’t even read the article. Just agree with the headline ?

      • August 6th 2017 @ 2:57pm
        steve said | August 6th 2017 @ 2:57pm | ! Report

        I pretty much agree. The only video technology that will be useful in the game is goal line, a goal or no goal decision. Even this technology would have a limited use anyways to begin with and would hardly be needed often anyway as the very large majority of goals scored are without doubt anyway.

    • August 6th 2017 @ 7:12am
      League table speaks said | August 6th 2017 @ 7:12am | ! Report

      I agree for a lot of those ambiguous decisions, not worth having. Its only adding an extra level of opinion.

      The VAR “system” i dont like so much but the 4th official on the sideline should have access to a screen for really obvious overturns. These would be very rare.

      I think they have tried to come up with a “system” too much which is inevitably overused to justify its rollout.

      Another option would be wearable tech in players boots or shirts which could live track their onfield position for offsides. This could be an objective measure …onside or not …rather than opinion based calls. (The kit manufacturers would love it i imagine.) Much like the goal line calls.

    • August 6th 2017 @ 7:14am
      matt jones said | August 6th 2017 @ 7:14am | ! Report

      well balanced, written with a chip on both shoulders

    • August 6th 2017 @ 8:02am
      Onside said | August 6th 2017 @ 8:02am | ! Report

      Professional football is a multi billion dollar business.

      Unimaginable wealth hinges on an accurate result.

      It’s not about the game, never was. It’s about money.

    • August 6th 2017 @ 8:05am
      chris said | August 6th 2017 @ 8:05am | ! Report

      Totally agree. Get rid of it now.

    • August 6th 2017 @ 9:29am
      Nemesis said | August 6th 2017 @ 9:29am | ! Report

      Didn’t read the article, but disagree with the headline.

      VAR, as it currently operates, is better than no VAR.

      FIFA do many things badly, but one thing they do well is Law changes. They take their time. They do lots of research. Then they make the change. Probably takes around 2 years from an idea to change a Law, to printing it in the official LotG.

      I assume VAR will be used this ALeague season. I hope I’m right.

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