Australia suspends use of VAR ahead of A-League restart

Australia suspends use of VAR ahead of A-League restart

Australia`s soccer prime flight is suspending the usage of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) when the season resumes on Friday after a four-month break as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, Football Federation Australia (FFA) stated.

FFA`s Head of Leagues Greg O`Rourke stated on Thursday groups would even be allowed to make 5 substitutions throughout matches, in keeping with pointers issued by the worldwide governing physique FIFA and rule-making organisation IFAB.

“The VAR decision was made after considering a number of factors. Our aim has always been to improve decision making accuracy and work … to improve fan engagement by allowing referee audio broadcast,” O`Rourke stated in an announcement.

“It`s still our ambition to pioneer the broadcast of referee communications … but is still in development mode for the global game. We will revisit the use of the VAR for the A-League 2020 Finals Series at a later date.”

O`Rourke stated there could be adjustments to matchday protocols throughout the the rest of the season together with the suspension of group handshakes and the coin toss.

“Instead the coin toss will be conducted 60 minutes before kickoff and the teams and match officials will enter the field of play from separate tunnels or at staggered times,” he added.

The A-League`s common season will end on August 19 with the semi-finals scheduled to start out three days later and the Grand Final on August 30.

Sydney FC kick off the restart towards New Zealand aspect Wellington Phoenix at Jubilee Stadium in western Sydney.

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