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Laws of the Game

2020/21

14. Video Assistant Referees (VARs)

In matches using VARs there must be a video operation room (VOR) and at least one referee review area (RRA).

Video operation room (VOR)

The VOR is where the video assistant referee (VAR), assistant VAR (AVAR) and replay operator (RO) work; it may be in/close to the stadium or at a more distant location. Only authorised persons are permitted to enter the VOR or communicate with the VAR, AVAR and RO during the match.

A player, substitute, substituted player or team official who enters the VOR will be sent off.

Referee review area (RRA)

In matches using VARs there must be at least one RRA where the referee undertakes an ‘on-field review’ (OFR). The RRA must be:

  • in a visible location outside the field of play

  • clearly marked

A player, substitute, substituted player or team official who enters the RRA will be cautioned.