VAR question on the LIV-MCTY game.
by G.K.Chesterton (2019-01-08 13:27:33)

Before yesterday, my oldest son had referred to that incredible near-goal in the first half and said VAR showed it was the right call (by less than 2 centimeters). However, I had told him that the EPL isn't doing VAR this year, which confused him and me.

So yesterday, I watch the extended highlights and I see this "Goal-line Decision" (probably not the right name) graphic replay which showed the ball just missed going completely over the white line. So what was it that we saw - make-pretend VAR?


It wasn’t VAR.
by tex29  (2019-01-10 10:23:38)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

It was Steven Gerrard.


Goal Line only is very black/white
by spade  (2019-01-08 20:31:50)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

Doesn't involve any opinions on a penalty, or did the player really commit a handball in the box.

It's did the ball cross the line and requires only a goal/no-goal comment down to the match ref


Same thing that awarded Gini's goal against Spurs.
by NDBass  (2019-01-08 19:14:40)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

I could be wrong, but I don't think it was originally given by the ref or AR, but the ref's watch buzzed so he awarded the goal.


As dfw said...
by wcnitz  (2019-01-08 15:58:20)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

That is goal-line tech, not VAR. The referee gets an indicator on his watch if the ball crosses over the goal line completely.

I'm not sure if the goal-line tech is directly related to the replay that shows the distance on the TV, but I assume it's the same camera system. So 1.2cm was probably pretty accurate. Doesn't look like it could have been any closer.


VAR= Video Assistant Referee
by NDMike2001  (2019-01-08 15:29:54)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

VAR is simply the use of a dude that looks at the technology that already exists in these matches and then makes a call based on what he sees.

Essentially it's the equivalent of the challenge booth.

So when you see the technology and the broadcast display "goal" or "no goal" that's taking some liberties with the broadcast. Like in baseball when they show the K zone and say whether it's a strike or not. At the end of the day, the refs get to do whatever the heck they want.


They have goal line technology, but not VAR.
by dfw  (2019-01-08 14:12:16)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

The goal line tech covers if the ball crosses the line only. If it does, the ref gets buzzed. It is not VAR in that it is real time and is only for the goal line. It has been used for 4 or 5 years in the BPL.