We’re Analyzing Every VAR Decision Made in All 64 Games in the 2022 World Cup
After each game we take a look at key events to examine and explain the process in the context of VAR protocol and the Laws of the Game.
VAR reversal: Valencia goal disallowed for offside
What happened: Ecuador thought they had taken the lead against hosts Qatar in the third minute Ener ValenciaBut there was a lengthy review for offside.
VAR Decision: Target not allowed.
VAR Review: It was the right decision, although it was not entirely clear to the fans and the offside scene took a long time to appear.
When a free kick is played in the area, Ecuador Protector Felix Torres Challenge: Queue goalkeeper saad al-sheeb, the ball fell Michael Estradawho took him back to Torres to score the goal for Valencia.
However, when Torres got a touch on the ball (the direction in which it travels, forwards or backwards, is irrelevant) Estrada had a foot ahead of the second-last defensive player, who was abdelkarim hassan,
The review took longer than a regular offside because the offside VAR, Tomasz Listkiewicz, had to be certain the ball had come off Torres. Without that touch, Estrada would not have been offside. Any subsequent touch by Al-Sheeb to reset the offside phase would not be considered a “deliberate play”.
In the offside law it is irrelevant whether the attacking player meant the ball to be in play or not, the touch automatically sets the stage for every other player’s offside position.
The added confusion comes from the second-last defender being obscured by the goalkeeper and another defender ahead. Fans naturally look for the last defender, which can be confusing when the goalkeeper is ahead. That said, Al-Sheeb wasn’t even the second-last defensive player in this case, it was Hassan.
So it was the right decision, but there was a lack of clarity on it for a very long time. also with FIFA’s semi-automatic offside technologyThe key factor in judging whether Torres played the ball was to be made by VAR.