The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system is set to be introduced in the quarterfinal stage of the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt starting with Senegal’s game against Benin on Wednesday evening.
Allow me take you through everything you need to know about the system.
The Video Assistant Referee system is only to be used to correct clear errors and for missed serious incidents in the game-changing situations.
The system and other match officials are able to recommend reviews, but the only person who can initiate one is the referee who has the final say on whether their original decision should stand or be changed.
They also have the option to review footage themselves on a pitch-side monitor before making a final decision.
VARs are used on goals to help the referee determine whether a contravention was made that should result in the goal not being awarded.
As the ball has crossed the line, the play gets interrupted so that there is no direct impact on the game.
On penalties, VAR will look to ensure that the correct decision was made regarding the award or non-award of a penalty.
Much like with penalty decisions, VAR will look to ensure that the correct decision was made in concurrence with sending off or not sending off a player.
Here, VAR will clarify which players should be cautioned or sent off, or correct the referee in the event of mistaken identity. The VAR will inform the referee so that the correct player can be disciplined.