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. 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.

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

Video Assistant Referee Technology

What does a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) actually do?

16 Mar 2018


VAR Technology documents

Important documents (standards and manuals etc).

Video Assistant Referee Technology

2 Jun 2021

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Video Assistant Referee Technology

8 Aug 2021

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Video Assistant Referee Technology
Video Assistant Referee Technology

12 Jul 2016

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Video Assistant Referee Technology

7 May 2018

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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. 

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.

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.

Hawk-Eye Selected as VAR Technology Provider

FIFA continues the testing of video assistant technology during the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017

Video Assistant Referee (VAR) Experiment

VAR is being used in more football competitions this season.

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.