The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) has taken root in football and its implementation is spreading throughout the world, with the AFC continuing to develop and train its elite referees with the latest AFC Video Assistant Referees Course that came to an end in the Malaysian capital on Saturday, April 20.
The highly-productive five-day course was aimed at identifying talented video assistant referees in Asia and also to expand the current pool of licensed officials, which benefitted 32 elite referees, both theoretically and practically.
The participants dived into the protocol and practicalities of VAR, followed by back-to-back practical sessions at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil, where the referees and video assistant referees assessed live match incidents on a mobile VAR station.
Two daily simulator sessions were also conducted off the pitch, including analysis of match video clips from worldwide competitions.
Led by IFAB Technical Director David Elleray and AFC VAR experts Ali Al Traifi, Subkhiddin Mohd Salleh and Farkhad Abdullaev, the professionals were an accessible source of knowledge and experience for the participants, who were also given immediate feedback on their performance after each set of exercise.
The course conductors also ensured that the match officials underwent the required training established by the VAR Implementation Assistance and Approval Programme (IAAP), which is overseen by the IFAB and FIFA.
On the last day, the participants took part in video tests to prove their understanding of the VAR system and lessons learned from the course, with the second VAR course to take place in July 2019, consisting of non-competitive live matches.