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Friday, June 21, 2019

Pozen on video review and soccer

A nice takedown by David Pozen of how VAR alters the "rules" of soccer, for the worse. Pozen's argument echoes this piece on how body cameras affect policing.

Posted by Howard Wasserman on June 21, 2019 at 12:31 AM in Howard Wasserman, Sports | Permalink


every sport that's adopted video review has had its "sky is falling" critics but has ultimately endorsed video review whole heartedly because it so drastically reduces bad calls. bad calls are particularly acute in soccer where a 1-0 final score isn't uncommon.

the distinction between “paper rules” and “real rules" doesn't help much when the issue is one of brute fact rather than interpretation -- whether, for example, the keeper had at least one foot on the line when the shot was taken. (that "fact vs interpretation" is a key distinction in the use of video review in soccer and might usefully be compared to question of fact vs questions of law.) why would anyone yearn for the days when a ref could use context to rule an out of bounds ball in-bounds. yes, it will take keepers a little while to revise their techniques, but shortstops were able to revise their techniques once the "neighborhood play" was effectively nullified by video review in baseball. and, yes, perhaps the WWC was not the best time to introduce video review into the women's game. but overall it's a big step forward.

Posted by: anon | Jun 23, 2019 5:38:02 PM

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