How is VAR technology installed at My Dinh Stadium?

Thursday, 2021-07-22 10:12:48
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A VAR room at the 2020 AFC Champions League. (Photo: AFC)
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NDO – Video assistant referee (VAR) technology will be applied for the first time in Vietnam in the national team’s upcoming matches during the final round of 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, with up to 33 cameras to be installed at My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi.

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Recently, Park Hang-seo's side received good news as the local authorities have allowed Vietnam’s home matches in the third and final qualifying round to be hosted at My Dinh Stadium.

The Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) has actively worked with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to arrange and install a system to assist VAR as soon as possible, meeting international competition standards.

As VAR is still a new concept in Vietnam in particular and in Asia in general, AFC will coordinate with a partner specialising in this technology to support the 12 national teams participating in the final qualifying round, including Vietnam, so that VAR can be operated smoothly at My Dinh Stadium.

To meet the requirements of the AFC, a large number of cameras and supporting equipment will be installed at the Hanoi-based stadium in the near future, with a total of 33 cameras to be used in a match, including eight Super Slow Motion cameras and four Ultra Slow Motion cameras with speeds of up to 120 frames per second, accompanied by regular speed camcorders with Ultra HD resolution.

The layout of VAR cameras in a stadium. (Photo: AFC)

These cameras are located at various viewing angles on the field as well as in the stands and at both goals to have a full and diverse view of controversial situations. VAR also uses dedicated cameras on both sides of the pitch to observe offside situations.

AFC's partner unit will be in charge of personnel, logistics and especially equipment for the use of VAR technology by referees. The VFF will support this partner as well as the AFC in setting up the system, ensuring the smooth running of the organisation.

Vietnam are expected to play five matches at My Dinh Stadium as the hosts will respectively meet Australia on September 7, 2021, Japan on November 11, 2021, Saudi Arabia November 16, 2021, China February 1, 2022, and Oman on March 24, 2022.

Health authorities requested that all members of visiting teams must have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine and provide a negative COVID-19 test before arriving in Vietnam.

The VFF will also work with Hanoi authorities to ensure members of the visiting teams and their support staff along with all visiting officials stay within protective “bubbles” to minimise the risk of spreading the virus.