After an interesting World Cup for the Video Assistant Referee, the DFB have announced that new changes will be implemented for the 2018-19 Bundesliga system. These changes are set to debut at Sunday’s DFL Supercup match between Bayern Munich and Eintracht Frankfurt.
According to AZ, the changes to the system are designed to improve the fan experience and better inform those in attendance as to what is going on.
In the future, short text blocks on the video walls will explain the events to the spectators in the stadium. The video assistants in the control center in Cologne can also rely on calibrated offside lines, which should greatly simplify decision-making. This was announced by both associations on Friday.
The associations also announced that video of plays under review will be shown on the screens in stadium, so fans can see what the officials see. The text blocks as mentioned above will display which offense is being reviewed: scoring, penalty, red card or player confusion. The text will also announce the final decision of the referee.
A similar system was used during the World Cup, where the video and the potential decision was displayed on the screens, as seen above.
As many American fans know, this kind of system has been in place in American football for years, as coach challenges, booth reviews, and instant replay have become a large part of the stadium experience.
These changes will help clear things up in the stands and add to the fan experience throughout the Bundesliga.