The closing of the Concacaf tie ought to be fairer, for the reason that regional physique will implement the VAR (Video Assistant Referee) for the six remaining days of the Octagonal, to be held between the top of January and the top of March.
Concacaf is among the three confederations that has not used this know-how in playoffs, like Africa and Oceania, since Asia, UEFA (Europe) and Conmebol (South America) already benefit from it.
But nonetheless, Concacaf’s choice to implement it was taken a number of months in the past, nevertheless it was till this starting of the yr when it turned viable, for the reason that obstacle was not solely logistical but in addition human, since solely Mexico, the United States, and Canada had VAR arbitrators with a world badge, since solely the Leagues of these international locations within the Confederation are those which have this know-how.
This modified as a result of originally of every yr the FIFA renew worldwide badges everywhere in the world, each as referees and central referees, in addition to VAR assistants and managers, not solely in soccer however even in modalities reminiscent of seashore soccer. And this time, too awarded badges to different VAR referees from some Central American nations.
In Mexico awarded six FIFA badges for VAR referees. Five of them already had it final yr. The solely information was that now acquired it Fernando Guerrero placeholder picture, who’s as central referee within the African Cup of Nations, after Carlos Ayala misplaced the badge for 2022.
Sources from the arbitration union confirmed Halftime that already the implementation of the VAR within the tie is a reality, after Concacaf was additionally thinking about assuaging the criticism, since they weren’t solely acquired by some controversial performs however due to the truth that it is among the few Confederations that also doesn’t use it.
How will you remedy the logistics side?
Last September, Concacaf defined in an announcement that 5 of the eight federations who dispute the Octagonal didn’t meet the standards to benefit from the VAR: that the know-how was obtainable in licensed stadiums.
Before this downside, the corporate MediaPro, accountable for producing the tv sign for all Concacaf occasions, would be the one which places the VAR in all of the Octagonal venues, together with Jamaica, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Panama, the 5 international locations referred to by Concacaf in September.
Only Jamaica would be the one which requires the switch of cell items by sea or air, as a result of the remainder of the international locations may be reached by street from one of many three North American international locations.
MediaPro is the one which was additionally employed by Mexican Soccer Federation to have VAR in Liga MX, the place of the 17 stadiums of the utmost circuit, solely the one in Tijuana has a particular room for the VAR.
The relaxation runs from a cabin inside some vans, also called cell items, positioned within the neighborhood of the stadiums, a state of affairs that shall be comparable within the headquarters of the tie.
The Octagonal will resume with solely two FIFA Dates, in every of which shall be disputed three match days. For instance, Mexico will go to Jamaica, host Costa Rica, after which go to Panama on January 27 and 30, and February 2, respectively. Then he’ll obtain the United States, go to Honduras and obtain El Salvador on March 24, 27 and 30, additionally respectively.
Some controversies that may have been prevented
The Mexican staff has been a participant in some arbitration controversies through the tie, as in his go to to Costa Rica, the place Alexis Vega acquired a powerful entrance from behind by Francisco Calvo, who solely acquired a yellow card.
Also, within the Mexico vs Jamaica didn’t rating a transparent penalty on Jesús Gallardo for a foul by Damion Lowe, whereas within the sport towards Canada on the Azteca Stadium, which ended 1-1 final October, the whistler didn’t rating a penalty for a foul by the visiting goalkeeper on Chucky Lozano.
Another questionable choice was made within the match between El Salvador and Costa Rica, when a felony in favor of the ticos and a pink towards the Cusco staff have been questioned even by President Nayib Bukele.