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VAR and Goal Line Tech: A Winning Combination at U-17 World Cup
VAR and Goal Line Tech – The future of football officiating is rapidly evolving, and the organizers of the 2023 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Indonesia are determined to stay ahead of the game. In an exciting announcement, it has been revealed that Video Assistant Referee (VAR) and goal line technology will be implemented at this prestigious tournament, following in the footsteps of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Indra Yudhistira, CEO of Visual Indomedia Produksi (VIP), shared this groundbreaking news during a press conference held at the SCTV Tower in Jakarta on October 3, 2023. As the official broadcasting rights for the U-17 World Cup were also announced, it’s clear that the organizers are focused on delivering a world-class sporting event. Get ready for VAR and goal line technology to take center stage, as young football talents from around the globe showcase their skills on the field.
The organizers of the 2023 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Indonesia have announced their plans to implement Video Assistant Referee (VAR) and goal line technology. Following in the footsteps of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, FIFA intends to introduce these two cutting-edge technologies to the prestigious tournament featuring young football talents from around the world. Indra Yudhistira, CEO of Visual Indomedia Produksi (VIP), revealed this information during a press conference held at the SCTV Tower in Jakarta on October 3, 2023, where the official broadcasting rights for the U-17 World Cup were also announced to be held by Elang Mahkota Teknologi (Emtek) Grup through Surya Citra Media (SCM).
Indra mentioned that the FIFA VAR team would collaborate with their production team, as cameras would also be placed in the VAR control room. The FIFA VAR team will bring their own equipment, which will be set up next to our control room,” said Indra.
The U-17 World Cup will take place in four cities in Indonesia, each hosting a stadium dedicated to the tournament. The four stadiums include the Jakarta International Stadium in Jakarta, Si Jalak Harupat Stadium in Bandung, Manahan Stadium in Solo, and Gelora Bung Tomo Stadium in Surabaya. Indra confirmed that these stadiums were ready to host the U-17 World Cup and would have dedicated rooms for VAR. “We are required to provide one camera per stadium. That is mandatory. Each stadium has a special room for VAR,” Indra explained.
In addition, Indra also revealed that the U-17 World Cup would employ goal line technology, albeit not as advanced as the one used in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. We are introducing goal line technology but unlike Qatar there are still two cameras on the goal line but they are supported by the FIFA VAR team. They have really advanced technology there,” Indra commented.
Through SCM, Emtek Grup has secured the broadcasting rights for all 52 matches of the U-17 World Cup, divided into 36 group stage matches, eight round of 16 matches, four quarter-final matches, two semi-final matches, and one match each for the third-place playoff and the final. The tournament can be watched on channels such as Indosiar, SCTV, Vidio, Moji TV, Champion TV, Mentari TV, and Nex Parabola.
As the official broadcaster of the SCM U-17 World Cup Mr. Erick (Chairman of PSSI), will do an outstanding job,” said Harsiwi Achmad, Programming Director of SCM. “Thanks to Mr. Erick, Indonesian football has achieved remarkable success. Since the establishment of BRI Liga 1 in 2014, our viewership ratings have reached the highest levels, nearly 18 percent.”
In the U-17 World Cup, the Indonesian U-17 national team, led by coach Bima Sakti, will compete in Group A against Ecuador, Panama, and Morocco. The Indonesian team will kick off their campaign against Ecuador on November 10. They will then face Panama on November 13 and conclude the group stage with a match against Morocco on September 16, 2023. All the group stage matches involving the Indonesian U-17 team will be played at Gelora Bung Tomo Stadium in Surabaya.
The introduction of Video Assistant Referee (VAR) and goal line technology at the 2023 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Indonesia marks a significant leap forward for football officiating. With this implementation, organizers are embracing the rapidly evolving landscape of the sport, ensuring fair play and accurate decisions on the field. Following in the footsteps of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the U-17 World Cup sets a new standard for major tournaments. The announcement made by Indra Yudhistira, CEO of Visual Indomedia Produksi (VIP), demonstrates a commitment to staying ahead of the game and enhancing the overall experience for both fans and players. This winning combination of technology will undoubtedly add depth and accuracy to the competition, highlighting the importance of innovation in the world of football officiating. The future of the game is here, and Indonesia is leading the charge.