Video Assistant Referees (VAR) is all set to be introduced in the Indian Super League (ISL) for the first time following the referring controversies during the recent matches. According to reports from TalkSport24x7, the decision is expected to be announced this week by Mrs. Nita Ambani, chairperson of ISL and FSDL. Refereeing decisions in ISL have often come under scrutiny by many coaches and players in the league over the course of the season. VAR was first introduced in professional football in 2017 in Australian A-League, which was later followed by many other big leagues in the world and was also used in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. ISL 2019–20 Result: Odisha FC Rally to Hold Chennaiyin 2-2 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
As the technology is being successfully applied in the various league across the globe, India’s premier footballing competition, ISL was in demand to introduce VAR in the tournament. This season has been running into multiple controversies regarding the refereeing decision since the opening match, increasing the demand of VAR in the league. Many coaches have expressed their disappointment over these errors by the match officials which has cost their team some crucial points. Former Kerala Blasters manager and England goalkeeper David James had also called for the introduction of VAR during last season when his side suffered a disappointing 2-1 defeat against Bengaluru. Baljit Rihal, a licensed English football agent also tweeted the possibility of the introduction of VAR in ISL. Indian Super League 2019–20 Points Table Updated.
Baljit Rihal's Tweet
VAR vai VAR ⚽️🇮🇳🎥 (if it’s true)...
— Baljit Rihal (@BaljitRihal) November 28, 2019
VAR may not be a completely errorless technology but surely is a revolutionary step in the refereeing system. The latest major football league to introduce VAR was the English Premier League, but it has not stopped it from being one of the biggest controversies in the league’s history. The technology may not be perfect but it will surely come to the aid of the Indian referees during matches and will help them make correct decisions.