Video Challenge System success at World League Finals
The Video Challenge System was used a total of 41 times in eight matches during the 2013 World League Finals|
Lausanne, Switzerland, August 21, 2013 – A report on how the Video Challenge System was used during the FIVB Volleyball World League Finals has illustrated how much it helps referees, and line judges in particular, in making correct calls.
The Video Challenge System was used a total of 41 times in eight out of 10 matches (the Video Challenge System was not used on the opening day) at the FIVB Volleyball World League Finals in Mar del Plata, Argentina with 31 (76 per cent) of the referees’ decisions confirmed while 10 referees’ decision were overturned.
Of those 10 changed decisions, seven of them came from a line call, illustrating the significant help it provides to the officials and to the line judges.
“These statistics from the FIVB Volleyball World League Finals go to show how important the Video Challenge System is to help make the correct calls,” FIVB 2nd Executive Vice-President Andre Meyer, who is in charge of the Refereeing Commission, said. “If you consider the speed of the ball in the current era and the incredible dynamic play which is a regular feature at the FIVB’s major tournaments, this type of technology is invaluable, especially for line judges who are appointed by the local organising committee.”
The breakdown of the 41 challenges at the FIVB Volleyball World League Finals in Mar del Plata, Argentina is the following:
•Ball IN / OUT was checked 19 times (seven times the decision of the referee was changed),
•Net contact was checked nine times (one time the decision of the referee was changed),
•Penetration into the opponent’s court (centre line) was checked six times (one time the decision of the referee was changed),
•Contact with antennae (player or ball) was checked three times (one time the decision was changed),
•Foot fault (during the service) was checked two times,
•Attack line was checked two times.
The Video Challenge System was first used at an FIVB event during the FIVB Volleyball Club World Championships in 2012. Since then it was also used for select matches during the FIVB Volleyball World League Intercontinental Round.
During the FIVB World League Finals, the Video Challenge system was used in accordance with FIVB regulations, for video verifications on:
a. ball position where touching the floor (ball IN or ball OUT);
b. ball contact with antennae (particularly the order: after the attack hit or from the block);
c. faulty antennae or net contact by a player;
d. contact of player’s feet with end line (when executing service), attack line (when back row player executed attack hit) and under net penetration into the opponent’s court (center line);
e. Libero player’s feet position while playing the ball overhand finger pass if directly after an attack hit has completed while the ball was entirely higher than the top of the net.
The Video Challenge System is also being used for select matches during the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix Preliminary Round and for all matches during the Finals, which will take place in Sapporo, Japan from August 28 to September 1, where the block touch will also be included as a review option.