February 18, 2014

IFAB considers Implementation of Video Replays

World football's lawmakers, the International Football Association Board (IFAB), have laid out their agenda for their 128th general annual meeting that is going to take place on 1st March 2014 in Suisse Zurich. This agenda is nothing else than a blueprint for modern football: for the first time ever, there are official considerations to implement video replays for match officials.

They care about football...the IFAB.

In general, the agenda heralds several areas for discussion and alterations in terms of rather technical laws such as the players' equipment or the definition of dropped balls. The more interesting parts are listed under "any other business" - quite an understatement in light of the scope these three issues might have.
Thus, IFAB will discuss on the establishment of sin bins, i.e. an "orange card", which allows referees to dismiss players for a specific period of time as an element of recreational football. Furthermore, the frequently debated "triple punishment" is going to be subject to discussions following the proposal of UEFA. Finally, and most important, IFAB is going to discuss on introducing the opportunity of video replays, also called "video devices", for referees. In controversial match situations that are of great relevance, referees would be able to check their decision or take a decision at all after consulting the video pictures - like in ice-hockey.
What I personally regard as the end of football, as the end of the spirit of the game and the end of human refereeing, might be appreciated by some of you. Instead of writing an analysis, I would like to hear your point of views and arguments on this affair (and also on the other topics illuminated above).


  1. Anonymous18/2/14 22:12


  2. Anonymous18/2/14 22:39

    Sin bins in "recreational football" - but what is "recreational football"?

    /Swedish observer

    1. Haha please ask FIFA and the IFAB!

  3. Anonymous19/2/14 09:24

    Video replays are clearly no solution.
    Like said in the article this stops "human refereeing". If we are not allowed to do mistakes like players we can finish our task. It's already alarming they feel to have to discuss about it.

    1. I agree with Anonymous statement. Decision-making should be exclusively on the referees, and with it must, of course, go the quality (superior) training for referees.
      The referees in the game should be a real human.
      Greetings to all referees!

    2. Anonymous5/3/14 23:44

      It's amoral no to use video replays. It promotes players to cheat and distract referees. It gives a bad example to youngs, leads to silly theaters on field.

      Very immoral and unjust behaviours. Especially when soon everyone will be able to see the decision on their smartphone, and complain how unjust the game is when you can get away with wrong actions.

      That is plain WRONG. Time to solve this. In 10, 100, or 1000 years. Deal with it - video replays WILL finally be introduced one day.

  4. When the rule is like in ice-hockey, the referee still makes the decision, but has the opportunity to see a video replay.
    For example, Eriksson's penalty decision yesterday. He could have checked on the video, whether it was inside or outside and then make his decision. The problem is, that situations often are not clear even with the replay. And if the referee makes his decision with the video, a mistake is then always a mistake of judgement and not of perception. So, maybe there would be less mistakes, but in the case of a mistake, it is worse for the referee.

    1. Good point Philipp with regard to the difference between errors of perception and judgment.
      Please imagine the scenario: a player touches the ball with his hand in the penalty area. The referee decides to consult the video replay (so - play is stopped) or he is asked by the team at disadvantage to do so (one has to define this; in hockey, teams can challenge decisions and the referee then has to ask the video official). The referee then decides it was no deliberate handball. Other referees would maybe say it is. And, what if the team at disadvantage is Barcelona in Camp Nou? Do 90k fans then see the video pictures? What happens when the referee decides against them, leading to disapproval? We know that even referees struggle to apply the guidelines for e.g. handball in a uniform and correct manner. So we cannot expect from fans to accept and understand a video decision. We are in a grey area depending on the dynamic of play and perception...even the very thought about video replays is imo awful and disgusting. And btw...how would play re-start if the no-decision is confirmed by the video replay? A dropped ball? From where exactly? Football would become ridiculous.

    2. each team could have a challange red-strip like in am. football .
      Come on . Is it that hard to just stop watch , 2-3 times per match ?
      I mean come on !

      Of course when the ball is out of play . If another team scores , you going to disallow second goal and put time back . 4 official is still doing nothing just standing there . he could do video and be a time keeper .

    3. Anonymous22/2/14 09:25

      Aha. And if there is a handball, you wait until ball is out of play. What if there is a red card offense? You first send the player off? Walk back then to the fourth official, check videos, the red card becomes irrelevant?! Come on I don't think you are a referee.

    4. Anonymous5/3/14 23:47

      How about this - we simply let the fourth judge (or few more) outside of the field use technology and communicate via headphones. Just like they did with Zidane and red in 2006. With technology side judges can help you out in 15 seconds.

  5. Anonymous19/2/14 12:54

    What next? Instead of players, robots play the game?

    / Bottle carrier

  6. Anonymous19/2/14 22:53

    FA CUP Arsenal-Liverpool. Newly very bad Howard Webb.

  7. When players are allowed to make mistakes, why not refs? I don't understand where people get this perception that refs can't be humans too.

    Video replays isn't the solution: like mentioned in commentaries, some goals and fouls aren't as black and white even on video. That's an inevitable part of football - the grey area of refereeing. And watching replays would obviously interrupt the flow of the game. HawkEye, etc is more worth considering, although I prefer to keep in simple.

    A bit off-topic but: diving is what I find really disgraceful. Perhaps FIFA should watch the videos after the game and ban players (2-3 games) or at least fine them (with wouldn't be a solution, football-wise). Diving is widespread and gives football a bad reputation.

  8. Friendly match, 05.03.2014
    Bucharest: Romania - Argentina
    Gianluca Rocchi (Italia)
    Do you know other appointments at friendly match, 05.03.2014? Thank you!

    1. Thanks for this news.
      As for now, I only know that (info reported on this blog) Ievgenii Aranovskyi will be in charge of Spain - Italy.

    2. Clattenburg has Germany-Chile (I think with Child, Beck and Fritz).

    3. A comment in another post said Clattenburg/Kirkup/Collin/Fritz.

    4. Ok then I did not remember the assistants properly.

  9. Rep. of Ireland - Serbia
    Viktor Kassai (HUN)
    Robert Kispál, Gábor Erös (HUN)
    Paul McLaughlin (IRL)

  10. Off (and a bit On) Topic:
    It seems as if the momentum is in favour of a rule change regarding the 'triple punishment'...


    1. Emil Archambault23/2/14 02:14

      What an idiotic comment. He should realize that suspensions are NOT part of the laws of the game, but rather part of competition regulations, and therefore under the UEFA's jurisdiction. Nothing would be easier for UEFA than to change the regulations to eliminate the 1-game suspension in cases of DOGSO...

      As for the real punishment, penalty/free kick and red card, well, that's the price of defenders being desperate. If they think denying a goal is worth that price, well, that's their business.

    2. Another off topic, but nice to see:
      An example of fair play in the Turkish League, where Galatasaray's Semih Kaya admitted he touched the ball last after referee Cuneyt Çakir mistakenly awarded a goal kick instead of a corner to Besiktas.

  11. Anonymous22/2/14 23:13

    Observer course http://www.uefa.org/protecting-the-game/refereeing/news/newsid=2057064.html

  12. Friendly appointment
    Turkey - Sweden
    Milorad Mazic
    Milovan Ristic - Dalibor Djurdjevic
    Bülent Yıldırım


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