Between the changes in the Laws of the Game and the introduction of VAR, I think we’re having a peak into the future of the sport at the highest levels.
Ultimately, I think it’s good, but it will take some getting used to.
The real issue isn’t VAR itself but rather the way VAR interacts with a system of rules designed for a different world.
There was a lot of excitement when it was announced that this World Cup would feature Video Assistant Referee (VAR). This was often framed on equality grounds. The men had […]
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Charles Olney (@olneyce): Hi everyone, and welcome to this week’s Backline chat. It’s been an exciting weekend in the NWSL, so let’s start by discussing the playoff race. I think the […]
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Is the job of the referee to pass moral judgment or to call the game by the book? This might seem an obvious question, but it turns out to be […]