UEFA calls for limited use of VAR at Euro 2024

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin has called on referees to use VAR technology “sparingly” at the European Football Championship 2024, only intervening when there is “clear evidence of an obvious error”.

As the VAR (video assistant referee) technology is increasingly used in football, UEFA is looking for ways to ensure it does not diminish the appeal and drama of the match. Speaking at a workshop for coaches attending Euro 2024 in Düsseldorf, Roberto Rosetti, UEFA’s Head of Refereeing, emphasized that referees will be clearly instructed to limit the use of VAR.

“We want referees to make strong decisions on the field,” Rosetti shared. “VAR should only intervene when there is undeniable evidence of a clear and obvious error.”

UEFA plans to deploy 18 referee teams and 2 reserve teams for the tournament. The list of referees will be announced in late April. Video referees will be stationed and work in Leipzig, while the main referee teams will be stationed in Frankfurt. Prior to the tournament, a workshop for referees will be organized from May 13 to 16.

While some fans and experts agree with Ceferin’s view that VAR is being used too often, others argue that this technology is necessary to ensure the fairness of the game. However, all agree that VAR must continue to be improved to enhance the quality of football.

Will referee decisions be more accurate and fairer with the help of VAR? Let’s wait and see and have a heated discussion with the Euro 2024 football fan community!

UEFA Euro 1960 to 2021 with 16 times organization and 10 countries champion

Germany 3 times Euro champion (1972 – 1980 – 1996)

Spain 3 times Euro champion (1964 – 2008 – 2012)

France 2 times Euro champion (1984 – 2000)

Italy 2 times Euro champion (1968 – 2020)

Soviet Union 1 time Euro champion 1960

Czechoslovakia 1 time Euro champion 1976

Netherlands 1 time Euro champion 1988

Denmark 1 time Euro champion 1992

Greece 1 time Euro champion 2004

Portugal 1 time Euro champion 2016

With the participation of the strongest European teams according to the FIFA ranking as of February 15, 2024 such as France (2) – England (3) – Belgium (4) – Netherlands (6) – Portugal (7) – Spain (8) – Italy (9) – Croatia (10) and bright stars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappé, Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku to promising young talents, Euro 2024 promises to bring high-profile and dramatic matches.

EURO 2024 will take place in Germany from June 14 to July 14, 2024 in 10 cities in Germany with 24 participating teams. The teams are divided into 6 groups to select the top 12 teams, and the second in the groups, and the 4 third-placed teams with the best performance to get tickets to the knock-out round. The opening match is held on June 14 between host Germany and Scotland.

Detailed EURO 2024 match groups:

Group A: Germany, Scotland, Hungary, Switzerland

Group B: Spain, Croatia, Italy, Albania

Group C: England, Denmark, Serbia, Slovenia

Group D: Poland, France, Netherlands, Austria

Group E: Slovakia, Romania, Belgium, Ukraine

Group F: Portugal, Turkey, Czech Republic, Georgia

Topics: UEFA, Euro 2024, Aleksander Ceferin, Roberto Rosetti, VAR

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