VAR system installed at My Dinh Stadium, ready for Vietnam-Australia clash

Tuesday, 2021-09-07 09:19:06
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VAR cameras have been installed in the stands of My Dinh Stadium. (Photo: VNA)
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NDO – The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system has been installed at Hanoi’s My Dinh National Stadium and is now ready for rollout during the Vietnam-Australia match within the final round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifiers tonight (Sept. 7).

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This is the first time that VAR will be applied in Vietnam. The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is offering support to the host nation regarding all the devices and personnel serving VAR operations.

Specifically, the VAR system at My Dinh Stadium features 33 cameras with many different shooting angles and positions.

In addition to the angles live recording the match, there will be four other specialised angles including VAR Offside Cameras, Ultra High-Definition Cameras, Super Slow-Motion Cameras (8), and Ultra Slow-Motion Cameras (4).

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

VAR operators during the Vietnam-Australia clash will be Abdulla Ali Al-Marri and Khamis Mohammed Al-Marri.

Qatari referee Abdulrahman Ibrahim Al-Jassim has been appointed by the AFC to officiate in the game, together with three compatriots - two assistants Taleb Salem Al-Marri and Saoud Ahmed Almaqelah, and Saoud Ali Al-Adba as the fourth official.

The VAR system at My Dinh Stadium features 33 cameras with many different shooting angles and positions. (Photo: VNA)

Referee Al-Jassim officiated when Vietnam beat the Philippines 2-1 in the semifinals of the 2018 AFF Cup and in the 2-3 loss against Iraq in the group stage of the 2019 Asian Cup.

The VAR is used with the aim of helping referees to make the most accurate decisions during matches. The 2018 FIFA World Cup became the first competition to use this technology in full (at all matches and in all venues).

This is the first time the VAR will be rolled out in Vietnam. (Photo: VNA)

In Asia, VAR was first adopted from the quarter-final stage of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 before it was implemented across 32 matches at the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020.

The Vietnam-Australia clash is scheduled to take place at 7pm (local time), which will be the first of Vietnam’s five home games in Group B. Due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic the match will be held behind closed doors.

Vietnamese players are now ready for the clash against Australia.