Establishing the time-out when consulting the VAR and that each team can request a limited number of reviews during a game are the modifications suggested by Conmebol to FIFA and IFAB, in a new attempt to dispel criticism of the use of video refereeing in the game. football.
With transparency as its flag, the South American Soccer Confederation turned to the world soccer rector, FIFA, and in particular the IFAB (International Football Association Boad), in charge of defining soccer rules, at a time when the VAR arouses criticism in the region and the world.
“We recently sent a document requesting that time be stopped and that the minutes that pass (during the VAR consultation by the referee) not be a concern,” explained to AFP Wilson Seneme, the president of the Conmebol Referees Commission .
The Brazilian assured that they try to “be proactive” so that “each team has a number of possibilities to request its own review, as is the case in other sports such as volleyball and tennis.”
Several modifications have been implemented in recent times in football, traditionally reluctant to move its foundations and the use of video refereeing has been one of the movements most questioned by fans.
In the last five years, the rules of the game have undergone “more than a hundred changes,” stressed the president of the Commission, but none are as decisive as the use of VAR.
– ‘Adapting to a modern sport’ –
For Conmebol specialists, a great challenge in the region is to universalize the use of video refereeing in local leagues.
“The more countries have the use of the tool in their leagues, the more modern football will become, the more adapted we will all be to decisions through the VAR,” says Seneme.
Currently, only Brazil, Paraguay, Colombia and Uruguay (this one only in some matches) use this technology in their local championships.
One of the sharpest criticisms from players, coaches, specialists and fans is the delay in resuming the game.
“The VAR situations are very different”, in each game, alerts the Argentine Rodolfo Otero, a member of the Refereeing Commission.
There are actions that for protocol reasons will take a long time because you have to find the exact point of the ball, the expert warns.
“There are certain plays that take time but in general the field referees have made very good decisions and the time taken was not too long,” added the specialist, who defended that as the judges become more familiar with the operation of the system, it will save more time.
Likewise, the Chilean Carlos Astroza, technical manager of Arbitration of Conmebol, remarked that the purpose “is to seek exact sports justice, ready to make millimeter decisions where the eyes of the best of a lot of spectators on the field of play, not they can see ».
“The aim is to make correct decisions (…) What VAR seeks after all is to adapt to a modern sport where questions are decided by hundredths of a second or by centimeters,” he concluded. AFP (HN)