How sport will change in 2018, part one: video technology in football

How sport will change in 2018, part one: video technology in football

For referees it is supposed to make things easier but the adjustment will be hugeCredit: REUTERS/Massimo Pinca

The ball hits the net, and the goalscorer runs towards the crowd as goalscorers have always done, but at the back of his mind is the verdict of the man whom no-one can see but everyone knows is watching. What will the video assistant referee say?

Football is about to undergo a radical change this year – from the start of the 2018-2019 season when every goal scored in the Premier League will be reviewed by a man sitting in front of a screen in an office in a business park near Hayes in west London. Not just every goal, but every straight red card, every penalty kick and every potential mistaken identity scenario. Any goalscorer with reason to doubt the legitimacy of his goal may think twice about whipping off his shirt and leaping into the crowd before the VAR has completed his review.

Spontaneity is one thing that the introduction of the VAR may take from the game, given that from his seat…

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