Video Assistant Referee: Advantages And Disadvantages

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The Video Assistant Referee system, sometimes known as the VAR system, is a new technology that was implemented in 2017. The goal of this approach is to reduce infringements in football games by examining the choices of the referee.
The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) was announced to be a part of the referee system in the 2019/20 English Premier League season after unanimous votes in November 2018.

Most English Premier League (EPL) clubs, on the other hand, have been protesting about the difficult decisions made by technology, as well as the stricter judgments on external laws, football rules, and other matters. We’ll discuss how the VAR has harmed more people than it has helped.

Var has harmed more people than he has helped.
With Today’s Technology Advancement and According to statistics, more than 22 goals have been ruled out due to minor offside, which isn’t worth canceling the incredible goal that was played into the net. Clearly, this has detracted from the atmosphere of every football match.

Wilfred Zaha of Crystal Palace scored a goal against Southampton, but it was ruled off due to his shoulder, which caused him to be offside.
At the same time, according to a Brighton player, Dan Burn’s first goal against Bournemouth was also nullified due to his armpit.
Another contentious situation exists between Tottenham and Norwich, with Norwich fans already enjoying their team’s lead over Tottenham. Surprisingly, Teemu Pukki’s goal was canceled by VAR due to his shoulder straying a small margin for offside.

The match between Sheffield United and Manchester City was the case that solidified the harm caused by VAR. Everyone expected Manchester City to win the match, therefore it was incredible to see Sheffield United score a magnificent goal, which was later ruled out by VAR because Lys Mousset was just offside while slotting the ball under Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.

There is no doubt that the VAR system has impacted the EPL in all of these cases when contrasted to the positive side. There is so much ambiguity that some people feel VAR was implemented to lower the number of goals scored in the EPL.
The Video Assistant Referee’s decisions or recommendations are supposed to improve the credibility of the referee’s decisions on the field, but they are really inflicting more harm to the games. In actuality, the VAR system was delaying the referee’s decision, despite the notion that the goal of VAR is to expedite the referee’s decision-making.


Take, for example, the game between Wolves and Liverpool, which irritated me because over three minutes were spent debating whether a goal should be nullified or not. This can affect the players’ morale as well as the innocent fans who are watching the game.

Furthermore, the VAR’s judgment is claimed to be trusted in all matches, and no changes to the regulations should be made. According to football rules, “If the ball strikes a player’s arm, whether intentionally or unintentionally. The goal will be removed from the game “However, VAR permitted Sadio Mane of Liverpool to score in the game between Liverpool and Wolves. This decision is clearly in violation of the game’s rules. The regulations of football, on the other hand, should be applied uniformly in all encounters.

Prior to the introduction of VAR, if a player scored a goal, there was always euphoria, and the goal increased the team’s morale, passion, hunger, and want for more goals, but the introduction of the Video Assistant Referee seemed to be killing the fun and spirit of the game. Because the time set aside for the player to celebrate his goal has already been utilized to evaluate the goal for possible offside, the time set aside for the player to celebrate his goal has already been used to review the goal for a possible offside. With all of these things in mind, I believe VAR has done more harm than good in the EPL.

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