FIFA Quality Programme for Video Assistant Referee (VAR) Technology
The use of video assistant referees (VARs) in football was included in the Laws of the Game in the 2018/2019 edition. FIFA has now launched the FIFA Quality Programme for VAR Technology, which assesses the technological aspects of VAR systems.
Since the use of VARs was approved, FIFA and The IFAB have been supporting competition organisers with the implementation of the technology through the Implementation Assistance and Approval Programme (IAAP). This enables the same standards to be applied when implementing VAR systems, offering assistance in tackling the challenges related to the organisation and management of VAR implementation and overseeing training programmes for personnel in charge of VAR technology.
While the IAAP focuses on the operational and educational aspects of the use of VARs, test methods have been developed for technical assessment as part of the FIFA Quality Programme for VAR Technology. By evaluating three main criteria that have a huge impact on the review process, this testing complements the IAAP.
Test protocol & certification
VAR systems are integrated into the broadcast set-up through the broadcast feed being collected and delivered to the video operation room (VOR), where the VARs are located. Within this set-up, the test protocol of the FIFA Quality Programme focuses on testing three technical aspects that have a direct influence on the VAR video output. These requirements are:
VAR technologies that successfully pass the test are certified by FIFA for a two-year period before they have to be retested. FIFA currently offers the certification of VAR technologies to either the FIFA Quality or the FIFA Basic standard. Providers wishing to certify their VAR technology need to follow the official application process and participate at an official FIFA VAR technology test event to obtain certification.
FIFA certification as of July 2022 and transition period
Following the certification of VAR systems under the new global quality standard, the use of a FIFA-certified system will become mandatory from July 2022. From this date, FIFA will validate compliance with this requirement as part of the IAAP for competitions that have not previously introduced VARs. Organisers of competitions for which the use of VAR systems has already been approved (or is subsequently approved ahead of the July 2022 deadline) will benefit from a transition period from the current system to the new mandatory certifications and will therefore be able to keep operating under their existing agreement. During the transition period, the provider must seek certification at one of the next FIFA VAR technology test events.
For further information view and download the requirements through the following documents: