CTA: VAR has helped

Many discussions have occurred among the fans around the world whether VAR (Video Assistant Refereeing) is a good or bad thing and does it improve or lower the game quality, but the Spanish Referee’s Committee (CTA) has stated that it has made major improvement in La Liga this year.

After the first season under VAR, the statistics are following – VAR has been used to check 4,293 actions in 380 games, which means 12 times per game, out of which it has interfered in game 121 times in total (3.14 per match), with 114 decisions changed.

Out of those 114 changed decision, 60 goals were allowed and seven red cards were shown after the VAR suggestion.

What is especially interesting is the percentage drop of protests and simulation after the VAR came into the picture. In 2018/19 season protests number was 17.3% lower compared to last season, while the simulation number has dropped even more drastically – 68%!

- Our officials have adapted very well to the changes, but so have the fans and media, too. It's like we've always played with VAR, claims CTA president Carlos Velasco Carballo.

During the season that is nearing the end, officials from Spain were the busiest this year with 34 referees from this country in charge of UEFA Champions league and Europa League matches throughout the season, one more than Italy (33), third place goes to Germany (32) with England being the last one in top four with 23 refs around the Europe.

Spain will have its own representative in Champions League finals on June 1st at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid with Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahos, who was in charge of the first Tottenham Hotspur – Ajax semis, being the fourth official.

VAR will be part of Premier league from 2019/2020 season.