Standards

Video Assistant Referee (VAR) Technology

Introduction

The use of video assistant referees (VARs) in football was included in the Laws of the Game in the 2018/2019 edition. Through the FIFA Quality Programme for VAR Technology, FIFA assesses the technological aspects of VAR systems.

To support competition organisers with the implementation of the technology, FIFA and The IFAB introduced the Implementation Assistance and Approval Programme (IAAP). This allows the same standards to be applied when using VARs in a new competition, 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.

A view inside the VAR at the main IBC  on June 12, 2019 in Paris, France.

Video Assistant Referee Technology

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VAR Technology documents

Important documents (standards and manuals etc).

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MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JUNE 30: Video Assistant Refereeing (VAR) Room at the Internatinal Broadcasting Centre on June 30, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Joosep Martinson - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
List of Inspected VAR and Communication Systems Providers

The list contains technology providers, in alphabetical order, capable of providing VAR technology services for the implementation of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) project by competition organisers. 

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 14:  General View of VAR screens during the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 semi-final match between Mexico and the Netherlands at Estadio Bezerrao on November 14, 2019 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Martin Rose - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
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.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JUNE 21: Video Assistant Refereeing (VAR) Room at the Internatinal Broadcasting Centre on June 21, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Joosep Martinson - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Assistance and Approval Programme for the implementation of VAR - Technology

The Implementation Assistance and Approval Programme (IAAP) was approved during The IFAB's 132nd Annual General Meeting on 3 March 2018. The five step process is mandatory and must be completed by every competition planning to use the VAR system.

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 12: A view inside the VAR at the main IBC  on June 12, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marianna Massey - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
VAR at The Fifa Women’s World Cup 2019™

The team consists of the video assistant referee (VAR) and his/her two assistant video assistant referees (AVARs). All of them are top FIFA match officials.