Since VAR burst onto the football scene back in 2016 between France and Italy during an International friendly match, it has changed the way we look at and watch football forever; whether that be positive or negative. Many football fanatics and enthusiasts have aired their opinions on this technology as it still makes the headlines for various different reason affecting how the game is played day in day out – today we evaluate it impact on the beautiful game.
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>It is estimated that VAR will take refereeing accuracy from 96% to 98% – but they know it can never be perfect, and is a work-in-progress. Key is to not interrupt game. Piece, ahead of its introduction to English football<a href=”https://t.co/cNVRnAJRtr”>https://t.co/cNVRnAJRtr</a></p>— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) <a href=”https://twitter.com/MiguelDelaney/status/950134029084393473?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>January 7, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src=”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>
VAR, or Virtual Assisted Refereeing is the review system in which a team of three people who work together to review certain decision made by referees by watching multiple video replays of the spoken about incidents. It was initially brought in in the first place to try and eliminate any human errors made by the referees, after all these things happen and the tech was there to alter any mistakes made by the on-field referees. The process of reviewing a decision can work in two ways; either the referee can request a review from the team of three watching the replays or the VAR team can recommend a review is done by the on-field ref.
However, there has been a lot of controversy in the Premier League when it comes to the decisions been made by VAR and how it affected the gameplay. The review system is far too inconsistent and that it doesn’t seem to check out every scenario in which we believe needs checking out, and also with the offside measurements – has the striker actually gained an advantage over the defenders if a strand of hair is offside? Something that we think needs looking at.
It’s also affecting betting markets too; in the way of if a goal is scored, and notified on betting apps that it has been scored, the app is now significantly increasing the time in which Cash Out is unavailable due to this, slowing down the process which is becoming tedious for some punters. There is a list of top non-Gamstop betting sites in which can be used on the Premier League markets when it restarts again on the 12th September.