The soccer news starts with the instant replay problem. The 2019 Gold Cup isn’t using the video assistant referee system, saving us from at least some of the angst now associated with instant replay. As a system, it’s already caused enough issues to make most of us wonder why we ever thought it was a good idea. Call it a global beta test, but the current version is the kind of thing that will only make a game worse.
Every time a referee makes the VAR motion, it’s a safe assumption that we’ll have some time on our hands. The referee considers what happened in real time from a few unrealistic perspectives, makes that motion again, and it seems like more often than not complicates things. The inadvertent handball has become the obvious point of contention. If it takes slow motion replay and multiple angles to decide their might have Continue reading “Soccer’s instant replay problem”