Video Review officially launches in Major League Soccer beginning Saturday, August 5, 2017. Here are the basics:
1. Checks & Analysis
- The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) is constantly checking and analyzing each of the 4 match-changing incidents to determine if there’s a clear and obvious error.
- VAR alerts head referee to potential CLEAR & OBVIOUS ERRORS in the 4 match-changing incidents or serious missed incidents.
- There is “open” and ongoing communication between the Referee and the VAR.
- The VAR has access to, and may only use, video available to the broadcast.
- If play restarts, previous plays cannot be reviewed (except for violent conduct and serious foul play)
2. View Review
Although a match-changing incident may not warrant a stoppage of play for further review, all such plays are being checked and analyzed for clear and obvious errors.
- In cases of a potential CLEAR & OBVIOUS ERROR, the head referee can decide whether to conduct a Video Review by making the Video Review signal (TV box sign).
- A Video Review takes place when play has stopped.
- During a Video Review, the referee can either take information from the VAR AND/OR view replays via a sideline monitor.
- NOTE: There are no time constraints to conduct a Video Review
3. Final Decision
Once a decision has been made it will be communicated as follows:
- IN-STADIUM: An announcement by the PA announcer accompanied by the relevant video;
- TV BROADCAST: The final decision and relevant video will be communicated to the match broadcasters.
- Play resumes with the correct restart or drop ball.
- Time used for Video Review is made up in stoppage time at the discretion of referee.