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UEFA Introduces Euro 2024 VAR Protocol: Referees to Clarify VAR Calls Directly to Captains

UEFA will request teams participating in the 2024 European Championship to ensure that only their captain communicates with the referee, aiming to clarify significant officiating decisions.

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This step is intended to facilitate teams’ comprehension of the rationale behind video assistant referee (VAR) rulings and discourage the practice of multiple players crowding around the referee.

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Referee Communication Protocol: Guidelines for Captains at Euro 2024

At Euro 2024, captains will be tasked with ensuring that their teammates refrain from crowding the referee, facilitating direct communication between the captain and the official.

Players who disregard the captain’s responsibility and approach the referee with signs of disrespect or dissent will receive a yellow card.

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Roberto Rosetti, UEFA’s managing director of referees, explains that this approach will allow decisions to be conveyed promptly and with respect.

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Roberto Rosetti, UEFA’s managing director of referees. Image Credits – UEFA

If the captain is a goalkeeper, an outfield player will be designated to fulfill the role in situations where an incident occurs at the opposite end of the pitch.

Rosetti said: “We want strong-personality referees taking and assuming decisions — which can sometimes be unpopular — on the pitch but, at the same time, we want them to be more open and explain what led to certain decisions.”

They receive a lot of information from the video assistant referee (VAR), and we are ready to speak and share more details with the players and coaches to help them understand how a decision was taken.

Enhancing Transparency: UEFA’s Referee Initiatives for Euro 2024

UEFA’s team of refereeing specialists will convene with the 24 squads participating in this summer’s tournament to provide a thorough explanation of the measure.

Enhancing transparency in VAR decisions has been a focal point for refereeing bodies worldwide, as highlighted by the UEFA Football Board during its recent meeting in Nyon, Switzerland, where it emphasized the necessity for VAR technology to be more consistent, transparent, and understandable.

Various strategies have been implemented to address this concern, such as FIFA’s utilization of in-stadium announcements to clarify VAR decisions during the 2023 Women’s World Cup.

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Rosetti further elaborated, stating, “Officials will be encouraged to engage in open discussions with team captains to cultivate a positive atmosphere among all parties. This approach will help establish a significant level of trust with players and exemplify the leadership expected of modern officials.”

Euro 2024 is scheduled to take place in Germany from June 14 to July 14.

UEFA unveiled the lineup of officials for this summer’s tournament in April, which includes a quartet of English referees—Anthony Taylor, Michael Oliver, Stuart Attwell, and David Coote—as well as Szymon Marciniak, who officiated the 2022 World Cup final.

Immerse Yourself in Football Fever: UEFA Europa League Fan Festival in Dublin

Dublin will host the UEFA Europa League Fan Festival at the historic Dublin Castle on Tuesday, May 21, and Wednesday, May 22, offering football enthusiasts, tourists, and locals an immersive experience filled with entertainment and more.

Situated on the grounds of Dublin Castle, a site with roots tracing back to the 13th century Viking settlement, the festival promises to captivate visitors with its remarkable architecture and picturesque gardens, making it an ideal destination before heading to the final match.

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Dublin Castle will be at the center of the Europa League Fan Festival, Image Credits – Getty Images

The festivities commence on Tuesday, May 21, starting at 11:00 and concluding at 22:00 (local time), while activities continue on Wednesday, May 22, from 10:00 to 17:00. Open to all ages and free of charge, the festival guarantees fun for everyone.

Attendees can anticipate football excitement on a 4-a-side mini-pitch, featuring matches among UEFA legends on Wednesday, May 22, from 12:30 to 13:30.

Additionally, fans will have the opportunity to snap photos with the UEFA Europa League trophy and engage in interactive games and activities provided by UEFA’s commercial partners, with chances to win giveaways. Local DJs will also take the stage to deliver live performances on both days.

To further enhance the football fever in the city, a colossal UEFA Europa League trophy will be showcased from Monday, May 20, to Wednesday, May 22, at North Earl Street, near the iconic Spire of Dublin.


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