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Strengthening of the Central VAR Operating System – The Offside Line Is Added

September 3, 2020

ATHENS — The Ministry of Digital Governance is strengthening the VAR (Video Assistant Referee) central operating system by introducing the offside line and integrating it into the existing central VAR operating system. In particular, the relevant decision was issued by the Minister of State and Digital Governance Kyriakos Pierrakakis, approving the unanimous recommendation of the Monitoring and Acceptance Committee for modifying the technical data and contract for the project "Digital Transformation of Greek Football with Modern Digital ICT Resources"

At the same time, with the modification of the technical data of the project, the five-year budget is increased by 1,209,872.30 euros in total. The increase is due to both the introduction of the offside line and the increase in the number of matches where VAR will be used, which will rise to 349 for the first year and 275 per year for the next four years, bringing the total to 1,449. In addition, the complete VAR service will be offered in the quarterfinals and semifinals of the Greek Cup, in the draw matches of the Super League Championship, as well as in the matches for the training of Super League referees and the matches for the necessary FIFA stadium certifications and IFAB.

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