The VAR remains in the past, the new revolution in football

By Liam Styles

The VAR remains in the past, the new revolution in football

The International Board has proposed a series of changes that will be tested in non-professional categories and voted on in March.

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Football can change as we know it right now. The IFAB is discussing these days in London the possibility of expanding the use of VAR so that it can enter into actions such as fouls, yellow cards and corners. The only question is whether this would involve too many interruptions or not.

The International Board, at its Annual Business Meeting, has presented the innovations that will be tested in the following months to improve and make the beautiful sport more fair. The tests will be carried out in grassroots and non-professional soccer categories. All of this will have to be approved (or not) in March 2024 for it to come into effect at the Eurocup to be held in Germany.

The most notable novelty is the inclusion of the stopped clock and also that of temporary expulsions, for those players who exceed their protests to the referees, with the aim of increasing respect for the refereeing team. The proposal is that only captains can speak with the judge of the match.

The IFAB wants the semi-automatic offside to reach all competitions and perfection to be found as soon as possible. In addition to seeking greater transparency in controversial plays, allowing the viewer to listen to the conversations between the field referees and the VAR. In short, a stricter and less controversial football.

Clarify the rules of the hands

Penalties called by handball are one of the most controversial plays that exists in the world of football, since depending on the referee, the competition and the referees in the VAR room, the criterion is one or the other. That is why we will try to have fewer plays of interpretation and more of pure and simple regulations.

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