As we are counting down towards the world-cup, rumors & speculations keep rising. Some even mentioning possible terror attacks. Soccer happens to be the most popular sport & there is a lot of enthusiasm surrounding it. Unlike the previous years, there will be a few changes in Russia & this is what we really know.
VIDEO ASSISTANT REFEREES (VAR)
This time the referee will have an extra helping hand known as the Video assistant referee (VAR). Unlike the head referee, the VAR will be watching the game on a screen. He will be communicating with the head referee through a headset. The VAR’s duty is to make sure the head referee makes a correct decision all the time. The main incidents he will lookout for are goals, penalty decisions, direct red-cards & mistaken identity. Its important to watch out for these because they have serious impact on a game’s outcome. If you are a huge soccer fan then you probably know what those events can do to a team.
After a team scores a goal the VAR confirms if the goal is legitimate. Penalties are a crucial aspect of the game & when they are awarded to non deserving teams it builds chaos. The VAR will also contribute in rectifying such cases. Before sending a player off the pitch, head referees will consult first. In previous tournaments, we have seen some instances where the wrong player is disciplined by the referee. Mistaken identity is a major problem & we hope we wont experience that this year.
As Tramstech we will be paying attention to the coordination between the head referee and the video assisted referee. Hopefully we can find something worth writing about. We are glad the largest football body has finally agreed to use this type of technology to counter human error. Who knows? maybe one day FIFA will start using artificial-intelligence too!
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