Increased VAR Transparency and Accountability

Increased VAR Transparency and Accountability

Started
3 September 2022
Petition to
Football Association Board (IFAB) and 2 others
Signatures: 26,888Next Goal: 35,000
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Why this petition matters

Started by Sean H

Many EPL members and supporters have recognised that the introduction of VAR since the 19/20 English Premier League (EPL) season has proved ineffective and often inaccurate. 

These instances of inaccuracy and ineffectiveness can often be attributed to two key factors: inconsistency in decision-making and reserved communications between VAR and the in-game officials. 

This first part of this petition requests both International Football Association Board (IFAB) and FIFA to work together to devise a solution that would increase the transparency and accountability of VAR.

Suggested actions include adopting similar technologies already used as part of rugby’s TMO system in which viewers will be able to listen to the VAR and referee exchanges of communication. By implementing such measures, EPL members and supporters will have a real-time understanding of how particular decisions are founded thus providing the transparency required whilst also removing any ambiguity.

The second part of this petition is to request that the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) provide additional support and training for match officials using VAR, and to re-communicate the guidelines for decision-making to EPL members, supporters and all officials. 

By implementing such measures, EPL members and supporters can be confident of fair treatment whilst relieving unnecessary pressures from those officiating.

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Signatures: 26,888Next Goal: 35,000
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Decision-Makers

  • FIFA
  • Football Association Board (IFAB)
  • Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL)