We're only human: the VAR thread


Better thread title suggestions welcome, but I had to put something in to reach 15 characters.

I noticed that the FFA have put up a couple of videos of VAR decisions so you can listen to the officials having a chat. Probably hoping to ‘go viral’ again.


The Stamatelopoulos one, while the correct decision, seemed a bit weird to me because 1) we had been told that the VAR was to stay out of the yellow/red grey zone for sliding tackles and 2) the VAR recommended a red card twice, which goes against the training I received as a (very junior) ref in which we were told that the assistants should describe what they’ve seen to the ref but not suggest a particular decision or sanction unless the ref asks for an opinion. Once the ref was at the screen I expected to hear the ref talking through the video he was watching, not the VAR continuing to make his case for a red.


I’ve always been taught to recommend a colour of card.
As a ref I would expect an assistant to tell me that they thought something was worthy of a red.


Okay good to know I’ll try to put that earlier training out of my mind.


I dont want to be that guy but Im going to be:

Guess you could argue I made that one as a “VAR got stuff wrong again” whereas this seems a more wholesome angle.


Oh thanks, I thought there was one already but couldn’t find it / forgot what it was called. Mods please merge.


So there was interesting comments made by Pierluigi Collina with regards to VAR. It seems like FIFA will now be looking at getting exact positioning etc. with regards to offside, keepers being off the line and so forth. The reasoning is, the same rule applies to if a goal has been scored or not, the ball needs to clear the line by millimeters, rather than be obviously in the goal. Interesting argument I thought.


If I understand that right, the game is going to become more painstakingly correct, and in the process more unrelentingly legalistic and pedantic.
It’s gonna be great folks.


Please FIFA stop hyping VAR “involvement” in game, its already toooooooo exciting a prospect. Hasn’t FIFA got more pressing issues to sort out?

I guess not…


Genuinely surprised KFC haven’t gotten involved to sponsor all video referrals.

Sorry, wrong sport, this is FIFA. Qatar Airways to be sponsoring all VAR reviews within 12 months.