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Should the Human Element Be Removed from VAR?

“Baldomero Toledo checks VAR – Seattle Sounders vs. Sporting Kansas City” by SounderBruce (CC BY-SA 4.0)

When Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology was introduced to the English Premier League and other European soccer leagues, few could have predicted how controversial it would become. It was meant to spell the end of contentious decisions, but if anything, it has exacerbated the situation and dulled the match-going experience. The Sports Techie community blog has been a supporter of VAR since before its inception in the EPL and understands how it used today is not how it will be used in the future because most all technology systems are improved with tweaks. VAR is no different...

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FIFA Women’s World Cup VAR Room Media Briefing Review

PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 12: A view inside the VAR at the main IBC on June 12, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marianna Massey – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

The FIFA TV media briefing today regarding refereeing and VAR was enlightening both as a fan of football and a sports tech expert. I especially enjoyed listening to Pierluigi Collina, Chairman of FIFA’s referee committee, he hails from Italy and speaks English with a very strong Italian accent. He was joined by Head of FIFA Referring Massimo Busacca, and Kari Seitz, FIFA Senior Refereeing Manager and head of the refereeing project for the Women’s World Cup in France. The sports tech event lasted about a hour and a half and was streamed worldwide...

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SPURS VAR-Y GRATEFUL OF TECHNOLOGY

Turkish official Cuneyt Cakir and VAR decide Champions League Quarter final match

It’s long been stated that referees in soccer need technology to help them get decisions right; it’s a topic that always rears it’s head after a high profile error – Frank Lampard’s strike against Germany in the last 16 tie of the 2010 World Cup is one that stands out as a goal that never was. Goal-line technology (GLT) was adopted and what a glowing success it has been. Unfortunately, it’s not only goal line decisions that cause debate and the hunger for more technology to follow gathered momentum and gradually different soccer authorities have gone live with Video Assistant Referees (VAR for short). The Sports Techie community blog is a strong supporter of VAR sports tech...

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England VAR World Cup Destiny Should Influence Premier League

What Changed To Make England More Successful In This World Cup?

What Changed To Make England More Successful In This World Cup?

The pride surrounding the England team is unmissable. It’s been since 1966 when the Three Lions last roared as one for the football loving country when the men’s national soccer team won the World Cup final which so happens to be the year I was born. Give the hungry English lads credit getting through to the semi-finals through a combination of strong players that mostly play in the Premier League, inspirational and youthful management and… the use of Video Assistant Referee (VAR) sports tech ensuring accuracy in decisions and fair rulings? Only now in 2018 has VAR been in place at the World Cup in Russia to the credit of FIFA but long, long overdue...

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Tech Meets Soccer: Could VAR Change the Game Forever?

Tech Meets Soccer: Could VAR Change the Game Forever?

IFAB (International Football Association Board) approved a new type of referee to feature in soccer matches to work in tandem with the on-field referee.

Within the last year, IFAB (International Football Association Board) have approved a new type of referee to feature in soccer matches to work in tandem with the on-field referee, a move which could potentially change the game forever. The Sports Techie community blog is in agreement with this game-changing decision towards the inclusion of more technologies to help get calls right...

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Fantasy Football Strategy: 5 Best Tips to Playing Fantasy Football

Football lovers tend to become game analysts, stat-machines that run the numbers when it comes to their favorite game. However, it’s not just about running the numbers, or about the players the fans are rooting for, or their favorite football team. The third-string running back of the second-best team from another division is also a part of the big picture. 

Nothing can bend the fact that a fantasy football player should be in the right position to dominate the first round down to the last. Strategies are great, but you may not want to overdo them. Some pointers might be what you need. The Sports Techie community blog loves fantasy sports but recommends you have balance in your life because playing fantasy soccer and US football can be addictive.

Whether you’re a die-hard fanta...

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Big East Conference Esports Joins Electronic Gaming Federation’s EGFC Season 2

The BIG EAST Conference formalized their Division I eSports league standing by joining the Electronic Gaming Federation (EGF) and competing for a National Championship with 39 total DI varsity programs. The 11-member schools are scheduled to play a three-year, multigame season for the first time ever with membership in the official EGF Collegiate (EGFC) league. I grew up when Big East Basketball was just blowing up on ESPN some forty years ago showcasing the intense rivalries between NYC and neighboring state schools. Cable TV was responsible for Georgetown Hoyas player Patrick Ewing and his Head Coach, John Thompson (RIP), and Chris Mullin and St. John’s University, becoming household names like Piranha and several shoutcaster’s have done so already with video game communities...

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GM School Season 2 Presented By SAP, NBA And Turner Sports

SAP Re-Enrolls in Sophomore Season of NBA Reality TV Show GM School

SAP is the data and stats analytics partner of the stat-loving NBA. The partners announced details surrounding Season 2 of its advanced analytics, head-to-head reality show, GM School Powered by SAP. It debuts tonight, October 1 at 9 PM ET on NBA TV. The goal is to graduate from #GMSchool as the last one standing which looks amazing on the winning contestant’s resume. The graduate will also be introduced to NBA executives for a career networking opportunity...

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New York Sports Fans Tell Riptide Partners Survey They Will Return to Venues Sooner

Riptide Partners Customer Experience (CX) solutions conducted a new survey of New York residents on whether these fans in attendance at sporting events and concerts would likely return to sport and entertainment venues with the COVID-19 pandemic not going away anytime soon. The consulting firm received 4,000 completed surveys conducted at N.Y. area sports events and concerts by attendees. The full-service solution extracted data signifying 89% will return to events depending on the risk while the average time of return is 3.5 months with all factors considered. This is hailed as the first, and therefore most comprehensive study of queried individuals at live sporting events...

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