Revolution in the game, new rules for VAR: A Double-Edged Sword for Soccer

The VAR room will also receive additional tasks, so the matches could be extended even more

by Sededin Dedovic
Revolution in the game, new rules for VAR: A Double-Edged Sword for Soccer
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The introduction of the VAR (Video Assistant Referee) system in soccer has revolutionized the sport, providing a key tool for referees to make accurate decisions at key moments. However, this technology also brought a significant side effect - a significant increase in match duration.

With the implementation of VAR, the time spent reviewing contested situations led to extended injury time at half-time, increasing the overall length of the match. Now the VAR room is set to receive additional tasks, further extending these compensations and potentially extending the duration of matches even further.

The new proposed rules will allow referees to use VAR for a wider range of incidents, including free kicks, corners, and even other yellow cards. This expansion of VAR's scope will undoubtedly lead to more frequent reviews, further disrupting the flow of play and contributing to longer matches.

Although VAR has undoubtedly improved the fairness and accuracy of soccer refereeing, its impact on the duration of the match cannot be ignored. As the role of VAR expands, referees will need to allocate more time to reviews, leading to potentially longer matches.

Fans and players alike should brace themselves for this new reality as VAR continues to evolve and shape the future of soccer.

"I've always been in favor of VAR, but it's causing a big problem right now"

Wolverhampton coach Gary O'Neill has stated that VAR technology is currently causing a major problem in the Premier League.

Apart from significantly prolonging matches, VAR has not completely eliminated refereeing errors, at least O'Neil doesn't think so. O'Neill drew attention to the fact that there were a lot of refereeing errors in his team's match against Fulham, reports Sky Sports.

British media reports that after the game, O'Neill looked at the disputed situations together with the referees when Salisbury admitted that he made two mistakes. "I've always been in favor of VAR, but I think it's causing a big problem at the moment. Maybe I've turned against VAR. I thought (the technology) would help, but it doesn't seem to be the case," O'Neill said.