What is the video arbitration system and how does it work? VAR details – International Football – Sports



VAR analysis in the Colombia vs. match  Peru

VAR analysis in the Colombia vs. match Peru

VAR analysis in the Colombia vs. match Peru

The VAR was implemented in the first half of 2020 in Colombia.

The video arbitration system (VAR) In football it is a tool that has been implemented in more than 100 tournaments around the world since its inclusion in the Laws of the Game in the 2018-19 season. Find out the details here.

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The Var, as its acronym translates, is the Video Assistant Referee (video assistance to the referee or VAR), debuted for the first time at a World Cup in Russia 2018. Gianni Infantino, president of Fifa, explained that this tool helps to comply with the main values ​​of football: honesty, justice and transparency. “Football is the number one sport in the world and as such requires protection.“Infantino said.

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Ronaldo joins Gianni Infantino.

How does it work?

The VAR is a video arbitration system thate serves as support for the referees on the field of play. Its main objective is to help in decision making in critical situations that can influence the outcome of matches.


The VAR team assists the referee in four decisive situations: goals, hands and infractions that lead to a goal, decisions on penalties and infractions leading to the decision of a penalty, straight red cards (no second yellow cards or warnings) and confusion of identity.

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The VAR team constantly monitors the match for possible obvious errors in these situations. Communicates with the referee only when a clear error is detected or a serious incident is overlooked.


It is necessary for referees to follow a training process to use VAR.

The VAR team has access to 42 broadcast cameras, including eight super slow recording cameras and four ultra slow cameras. These cameras are used to review different aspects of the game, from the severity of an infraction to the exact location of an incident.


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