VAR: The 2021-22 season in review

VAR: The 2021-22 season in review

Publish on 06/24 at 10:00 - S. WILLIS


Find out more about the use of VAR in Ligue 1 Uber Eats during the 2021-22 season.

For the fourth consecutive season, video-assisted refereeing was used in Ligue 1 Uber Eats.

And according to figures from the Direction Technique de l'Arbitrage, there were 75% of clear errors corrected by VAR out of a total of 110 erroneous field decisions. A high percentage and in line with that recorded last season (74%), confirming the progression since the fir st season of use (68% in 2018-19).

Over all 380 matches of the entire League 1 Uber Eats season, 1,450 situations were analysed: 7% of them were the subject of VAR intervention. This was particularly the case during one of the season's clashes, OM-PSG (0-0, R11), during which three interventions took place on the Paris (Neymar) and Marseille (Milik) goals, which were disallowed for offside, as well as on the red card given to Achraf Hakimi (PSG).

Among the figures noted, 24 penalties were awarded as a result of VAR intervention during the Ligue 1 Uber Eats season, out of the 120 penalties awarded. This represents 20% of the total. In addition, ten erroneous penalties were overturned by VAR in the league. Secondly, 15 wrongly disallowed goals were corrected by VAR and thus validated.

Finally, an improvement was observed in the average time taken to analyse VAR, since on each of the 2.6 interventions on average per round, a gain of 26 seconds was made compared to last season: 104 compared to 130 seconds (with field viewing).

Reminder, the four situations in which video assistance can be used:

- After a goal is scored (validated or not)
- On a penalty kick situation (whistled or not)
- On a direct red card
- On an error in the identity of a player who has been disciplinarily sanctioned