Magic V.A.R. on the wall…

Video Assisted Referee. Creative Commons Picture: Sounderbruce

It may be the beautiful game, but it wasn’t and isn’t always the fairest. Technology gives us a huge opportunity to change that, but its effect could also overshadow the game with endless debate over conflicting interpretations.

The interpretation of movement and interaction on-screen is the epitome of VAR analysis. Where can we find one with such expertise? Such analysis happens to be the purview of an animation director, right down to the detail of anticipating intentions.

With V.A.R. comes an increased capacity of scrutiny. The side-effect of this is the infinite number of interpretations that has every fan and official alike debating like the survival of the world depended on it. The laws of the game need a clear and comprehensive update, not just from the traditional football officials and experts, but it needs the minds of technologist/programmers to structure the infinite number of interpretations

Until all that comes to pass, an animator-technologist-programmer-footballer takes a stab at it. It’s ianjurytime.

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