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Will the Video Assisted Referee be a help or a hindrance?

Monday 26th June 2017
Technology these days is becoming more advanced and it is now starting to be implemented more within our sports. With the introduction of Video Assisted Referees slowly being brought into our beautiful game is it beneficial or is it disruptive in modern football?

We've seen in other sports how they've advanced much more than football due to advancing technologies. For example in Rugby they have such things as a ref cam so people watching on T.V. can view what it's like being on the field of play. Also in the NFL in the U.S.A. the referee can talk to the the whole stadium. He can access the tannoy with just a click of a button. This gives the officials control of a game or a certain play. He would then explain a certain ruling to thousands of people assuring a controlled decision.
However, the game of football is starting to catch up with one of the most recent introductions to the sport, goal line technology. Setting up cameras on the goal lines work in tandem with a watch that the ref wears. If the watch notifies the ref that the ball has gone over the line and most people are unsure the ref can confirm if it was a goal or not.

This has helped the game so far as we've noticed on some occasions when it has been used. When players are unsure about a goal and the ref gives it the defending team don't complain like they would before the technology was introduced. This helps the referee and gives him less grief. Players will then respect him because of an introductory technology.

The newest technology we've been witnessing recently is the newly dubbed VAR. If the referee is unsure of a major decision he can listen through his headpiece. He can then signal with a T.V. sign that he will review the play. There would also be a monitor on the side of the pitch. The referee would review and finalise his decision on the outcome. This does have it's good points but it also has its bad points. In some cases, it has been a little bit confusing as well.
VAR's are being used in the current competition of the Confederations Cup. When the situations have arisen for VAR to be implemented, players wouldn't argue too much when the referee would announce that he would use the technology. The downside to this would be the amount of time it can take. If the ref is unsure, he can take some time reviewing replays over and over. This could kill the momentum of a game.

Another little downside could be scoring a goal and the ref going to the VAR. Just imagine scoring a game-winning goal only to have the celebratory moment to be killed. You would have to wait a moment for the confirmation of the goal or not. How awkward would that feel?
With the World Cup coming up next year in Russia it could be crucial for VAR to be used. Although it may be confusing at times the system of how it works can actually help with fewer errors. Something us football fans are crying out for more accuracy from match officials. Could you imagine an important World Cup final next year in the 90th minute or the 120th minute in extra time and the referee has to call upon the help of the VAR's?

Fans would probably be moaning as soon as the referee calls the decision for the VAR, but the  correct decision is what we want. Less human errors from match officials are crucial to the game of football, especially in such important games.
Jamie Kynaston

For my sins, I'm a season ticket holder at Stoke City, I have been proud to watch them for over 20 years. I follow most of the UK leagues and the major European ones too, and I've been told that I talk way too much about football.


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