100 Days To World Cup 2018

The countdown to the World Cup is down to 100 days. On June 14th 2018 the World Cup starts in Russia. The 32 qualified teams will have a series of friendlies later in March and later in the Spring as preparations reach the final stage.

In Russia itself a new aspect of the game is set to dominate the discussions before and surely during and after games. The introduction of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) has been made official and it’s use in leagues around the world and last year’s Confederations Cup have been mixed at best. The issue of missing a goal where the ball has just crossed the goal line was handled or solved by goal line technology. Now VAR has added four more broad situations where separate referees sitting in a video room can consult with the on pitch referee to correct any possible mistakes.

The four are:

    • Goals, to check if there was any problems during the buildup to them
    • Penalty decisions, to check if one should be given
    • Red cards, if deserved or should be given
    • Mistaken identity in issuing red or yellow cards

So far there have been cases where hand balls in the penalty box or offsides have been missed even after consulting video or when the delay has disrupted the game. Offsides have long been a case where improvements have been required, whether VAR is the solution is somewhat arguable. Assistant referees can do a better job by themselves but video will help.

Controversy is a sure thing but this time it can look different.

One thought on “100 Days To World Cup 2018”

  1. How did Lee Probert think that the ball was on the penalty spot before Josh King scored? How many times have you heard fellow fans question the eyesight of the referee (as well as maybe the marital status of his parents)? Well there wasn’t anybody at the King Power who thought that the ball was actually on the penalty spot when Josh King opened the scoring for Bournemouth. But referee Lee Probert did.

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