When VAR meets AI
Football is a year-round hot topic for millions of people around the world. The immense popularity of the sport means there is a lot at stake and leagues and governing bodies need to make sure they’re constantly adapting to fans’ evolving expectations.
Technology is increasingly being used to help improve the game and fan engagement. Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology for instance, helps referees make more accurate decisions and is shaping the game in important ways.
Since 2018, following a positive and encouraging two-year worldwide trial in major competitions, VAR is written into the Laws of the Game by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) on a permanent basis. Its use is currently restricted to the review of four categories of match-changing incidents: goals, penalties, direct red cards and mistaken identity.
VAR is becoming more commonplace within football, however, it is still in its infancy and we may wonder how its usage will evolve and how advancements in video technology will help improve decision accuracy and speed.
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