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Euro 2020: What is VAR and is it being used?

A football referee reviews a decision on a VAR monitor during a game.

Will we see some decisions over-ruled by VAR across Euro 2020? (Picture: Getty)

The UEFA Euro 2020 tournament is nearly over, with many England fans ecstatic over the fact that England have made it to their first final in 55 years.

England will be playing against Italy at Wembley Stadium on Sunday night, after maintaining an unbeaten run throughout the competition, conceding only one goal against Denmark in the semi-final.

That semi-final match did have a moment of controversy, with England being awarded a questionable penalty that ultimately led to them scoring the winner.

VAR, which has been used widely in the sport since 2018, wasn’t used in this case as referee Danny Makkelie’s decision couldn’t be deemed a clear and obvious error.

It has made many question exactly what VAR is used for, and how it has played a part in the tournament so far.

Whilst we check the replay, here’s everything we know about VAR and its use at Euro 2020…

What is VAR?

VAR monitor

Check the playback! (Picture: Getty)

VAR stands for Video Assistant Referee and is the name given to the match official who reviews decisions made by the head referee with the use of video footage and a headset for communication.

It is used to help make close-call judgments around key moments in games, such as goals, offsides, penalty decisions, and red cards, with the VAR official being able to use the video technology to playback any moment in the game.

It has received a mixed reaction from fans ever since it was first introduced on a grand stage at the FIFA World Cup in 2018.

It has since been used in the Premier League and other leagues across the world, with many fans, pundits and managers left bewildered by some offside decisions made using the technology.

Is VAR being used in Euro 2020?

Raheem Sterling was fouled by Mathias Jensen, leading to a penalty being awarded.

Raheem Sterling was fouled by Mathias Jensen, leading to a penalty being awarded, although the decision was not reviewed by VAR (Picture: Alex Morton/Getty)

VAR has been used across all Euro 2020 fixtures, and it is the first time the technology has been used at a Euros tournament.

The remote officials are based at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, and will have direct communication with the match referee and officials for all matches.

UEFA has two rooms set up in Nyon so that when different games were being played at the same time, officials could still give them their full attention.

Every game has had a VAR referee across the 11 host cities where matches took place in the tournament.

There have also been an assistant VAR referee and an offside video referee who focus on specific incidents.

The on-field referees have also had touchline monitors similar to Premier League stadiums and are have been using them as much as possible when VAR intervenes.

England v Italy is on BBC One and ITV on Sunday night at 8pm


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