There’s no worse feeling than watching your favorite World Cup team face a bad decision that costs the game.
While it will happen from time to time, the introduction of VAR in football has significantly curbed flawed endgames in football.
The 2022 World Cup will be held in Qatar from November 20th to December 18th with 32 teams.
Here’s everything you need to know about VAR in football, when it was introduced and what are its benefits:
What is VAR?
VAR is a video assistant referee.
These qualified officials view matches on numerous screens and have the option to replay the action in slow motion to review calls.
With high-tech electronics and screens, officiating is more accurate.
How accurate is VAR?
Before VAR was introduced in the English Premier League in 2018-19, the percentage of correct key game decisions was 82%.
The use of VAR increased the percentage of correct key game decisions to 94% between 2019 and 2020, according to a Premier League report.
The league reports that VAR is only used for “clear and obvious errors” or “serious missed incidents”.
In the period 2019-2020, 109 calls were rejected by VAR, an average of one rejected call per 3.5 games.
When was VAR introduced?
VAR was first tested in the 2012-13 Dutch league season.
In 2018, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) approved studies and then the use of VAR in football.
In 2018, VAR was introduced to the Premier League for the 2019-20 season pending testing. The test was then confirmed as successful and VAR was officially introduced.
In 2020, the IFAB decided to hold FIFA responsible for VAR.
When does VAR interfere in a game?
The VAR only intervenes when the on-field referee requests that a call be checked.
However, VAR cannot override a referee but can give advice. The VAR communicates with the on-field referee as needed.
How will VAR be used at the 2022 World Cup?
After the successful use of VAR technology at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, it will be used again in 2022.
The technology includes 12 tracking cameras during matches under the stadium roof, following the ball and the players.
VAR tracks up to 29 data points from each athlete 50 times per second, determining their precise position on the pitch, FIFA reported.
Additionally, a sensor will be placed in the middle of Al Rihla, the official soccer ball for Qatar, for additional detection. The sphere sends data to the video operating room 500 times per second.
As more testing is conducted ahead of the 2022 World Cup, the combination of technology will make the game as accurate as possible.