Jan. 14, 2023 — A facet good thing about VAR?


The 2023 calendar 12 months sees the know-how of the video assistant referee (VAR) coming in to ladies’s collegiate lacrosse in addition to the Nationwide Ladies’s Soccer League.

VAR methods fluctuate, however recreation officers are going to need numerous digicam angles, each on the pitch and within the crucial scoring space, to find out all the pieces from the standing of the ball to crease violations to offside calls.

Final week, NWSL commissioner Jessica Berman put a quantity on the VAR system: six cameras. That might be the minimal variety of cameras wanted at each NWSL match with a view to have a correct replay assessment system.

That variety of cameras stands in stark distinction to a few of the lacrosse and area hockey broadcasts we have now been subjected to in the previous few years, the place it appears just one center-line digicam is deemed crucial. Given the expansion of the sport of ladies’s lacrosse and the velocity, I’ve a sense that numerous schools are going to must improve their video equipment with a view to make VAR practicable for lacrosse.

I believe will probably be a specific concern for colleges and conferences who don’t have area hockey — and due to this fact, no entry to a video referral system. The Huge South, Atlantic Solar, and Convention USA are amongst the conferences which can probably be taking part in catch-up on this regard.

However I believe that there will probably be a push on the a part of the Pac-12 (Cal-Berkeley, Cal-Davis, and Stanford have area hockey) to totally employees league matches with a VAR-capable system.

I’ll have an interest to see which ladies’s lacrosse leagues present their dedication to the sport by enabling, and funding, a video assessment system.



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