The trial for the possible introduction of the VIDEO ASSISTANT REFEREE is underway and I am sure that the authorities will be looking closely at the results.
In August, a match between New York Red Bulls II and Orlando City B in the third division United Soccer League used the Video Assistant Referee system, under the watchful eye of the International Football Association Board.
In that game referee Ismail Elfath reviewed two incidents with the Video Assistant Referee Allen Chapman.
The first of these reviews was in the 35th minute when Orlando defender Conor Donovan fouled Red Bulls forward Junior Flemmings just outside the penalty area. In the space of just 24 seconds, Video Assistant Referee Chapman ruled that Donovan deserved a red card for the denial of an obvious goal scoring opportunity.
The second review came in the 80th minute following a reckless challenge by Orlando’s Kyle McFadden on Florian Valot. Video Assistant Referee Chapman decided that a yellow card was the appropriate sanction.
Representatives of the International Football Association Board were in attendance and at this early stage reports say that they were very pleased with the process.
It clearly was a success having been used in this game to correct two match-changing incidents.
Major League Soccer and the United Soccer League should be congratulated for wanting to be at the forefront of new technology.
I look forward to seeing the results from the other games to determine its success and to fully understand if they have decided to change the way it operates.
Six other leagues around the world will be used for video replay testing.
IFAB expects to make a decision in 2018 or 2019 on whether or not video assistant referees should be introduced in football.
The team of experienced former officials at you-are-the-ref.com are very supportive of the introduction of the VAR.
However my concern is who are going to be appointed to the role of the Video Assistant Referee if the system is introduced in the future into the English Premier League.
Sadly our current referees are regularly making errors involving key match incidents.
Are these same referees going to be appointed to the role of VAR and can we guarantee that they will not make the same errors when they are asked to adjudicate errors.
If errors are made how will these be dealt with post match or rectified during active play?
I will be watching this experiment over the coming months.