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FIFA unveils new system where managers will be given two calls per match, similar to tennis or cricket… Premier League clubs vote on whether to scrap VAR


Football is copying cricket and tennis by testing a new challenge system in which managers will be able to twirl their finger in the air to initiate a video review of an umpire’s decision.

The first tests, which are called Football Video Support (FVS) and are considered a simplified alternative to the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), have already been carried out by FIFA in Zurich.

This includes teams being allowed a total of two calls per match in situations such as goals, penalties, red cards and mistaken identity. If they win their challenge, as in other sports, they keep that rating.

Managers begin the challenge by turning their finger and handing the card to the fourth umpire before describing what they would like the umpire to check on the pitch monitor. Players can recommend a review, but the final decision rests with their coach.

The news of the FVS system comes less than a week after it was revealed that Premier League clubs will vote next month on whether to scrap VAR, a move which was triggered by Wolves.

Soccer copies cricket and tennis by testing a new challenge system

Premier League clubs will vote on whether to scrap VAR after Wolves sparked the move

Premier League clubs will vote on whether to scrap VAR after Wolves sparked the move

Pierluigi Collina, FIFA’s head of referees, said of the first trials held at the Blue Stars/FIFA Youth Cup in Zurich: “The result was very, very positive. Our goal is to continue testing this new system, especially in our youth competitions. We hope to be able to give all of you who have expressed an interest the opportunity to implement this system in your competitions.”

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FVS was originally developed for competitions that do not have the means to use VAR, which requires more cameras and officials. It would only be introduced at elite level if trials, which could take years, are deemed successful by FIFA and IFAB lawmakers.

Pierluigi Collina, FIFA's head of referees, said the test result

Pierluigi Collina, FIFA’s head of referees, said the test result «was very, very positive»

A key consideration will be how managers, players and fans react when they lose a review and whether the system is abused in any way, such as to waste tactical time.

The trials are not yet set to expand to leagues and competitions elsewhere, as FIFA wants to keep its testing within its youth tournaments for now.



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