The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and LaLiga inform that they are seeking approval from the International Football Association Board (IFAB) to introduce the video assistant referee (VAR) system in the LaLiga First Division from the start of the 2018/19 campaign.
The two organisations have established a working group that is tasked with overseeing the implementation of the technology. This group consists of Carlos Velasco Carballo, who will serve as the head of the project and the chief refereeing instructor; Sergio Sanchez Castañer, the head of technology and television; and Carlos Clos Gomez, who will also be involved in the refereeing training.
In addition, the two institutions have reached an agreement which will see the system's video operation room established at the RFEF's Ciudad del Futbol headquarters in Las Rozas, Madrid, with the groundwork already underway on this facility. Meanwhile, Mediapro – a company boasting extensive experience after having implemented the system in several other international competitions – has been chosen as the designated technology provider.
LaLiga is set to assume the costs involved in the launch and running of the project. From this Friday, 2 March, the LaLiga First Division referees and assistant referees will begin the offline phase of their technical training, which includes studying the VAR protocol, practical workshops with simulators and video training sessions using offline matches, which will not involve any connection to or possibility of communicating with the stadiums where the fixtures are being played. This training will not have any impact at all on the refereeing of these games.
The VAR system is a tool designed to assist referees that is currently being trialled in various competitions across the world, including the tournaments run by FIFA, and it is likely to be in use at the World Cup in Russia this summer. In short, the system allows a video assistant referee to notify the main referee about any clear and obvious errors in relation to goals, penalties, direct red cards© LaLiga - Year 2018