On May 8th, when the first round of the Korean K-League started, I thought the game between Jeonbuk Hyundai and Suwon Samsung was another "classic retrospective" that I knew to arrange for the fans. When the fans got used to a life without a football game, The unpredictable rematch turned out to be a little uncomfortable.
The COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 has changed the life we used to take for granted. The temporary suspension of football matches in most countries around the world also makes us miss the days of games very much. At present, after the epidemic situation has slowed down, some national leagues have been able to restart. The 2020 season of the Korean K-League has begun, and the remaining games of the Bundesliga 2019-20 season will also reignite. However, the degree of "resumption of work and production" in football is far from enough. In order to promote the recovery of other leagues as soon as possible, FIFA also adopted an active policy on May 8th: Until December 31, 2020, there will be all remaining things in the world this year. The game can change 5 players, and VAR can be cancelled. Both of these rules are determined by each league.
FIFA’s new policy is the product of a special period. In this global epidemic, all mankind has a new understanding of health. Various institutions and organizations are trying to strengthen protection as much as possible. The Korean K-League has just started. , The drinking water of the players in the game is written with a number to avoid cross-infection. Of course, FIFA also has to do something positive in this regard.
In fact, the policy that 5 players can be exchanged for the game and VAR can be cancelled is to protect the two groups of people.
In order not to frequently interrupt the rhythm of the game on the court due to substitutions,
If the increase in the number of substitutions is to protect the players,
Of course, the VAR technology that FIFA vigorously promoted after the 2018 World Cup has not been forcibly cancelled. Leagues of various countries can choose whether to use this technology according to their own circumstances. In general, FIFA is still very user-friendly this time.
The FIFA "butterfly" gently flaps the "wings" of the new rules, which is bound to cause a tsunami in football in the remaining half of the year.
Such a statement may be too alarmist, but we can open our minds together and imagine the football world after the implementation of the new rules. Simply speaking, the increase in substitutions is good news for players, coaches, and teams. Players have more opportunities to play and coaches have more room for adjustment. In addition to resuming the game as soon as possible, the team can also Trying to make the best use of the players' assets can be said to kill three birds with one stone. But if we think deeper, this policy is not without bugs.
At present, Juventus leads Serie A with only one point advantage, and Lazio's courageous struggle to maintain a strong pressure on the old woman. If Serie A also implements a single game to replace five players, the advantages of the Bianconeri bench players can be immediately shown, and the disadvantage of the overall age of the main players can also be well concealed. For example, Sarri can use Higuain first , Dybala, Quadrado to consume opponents, in the second half can be very comfortable to replace Cristiano Ronaldo to deal with the opponent's exhausted guards, general guards are full and it is difficult to deal with the president, not to mention the blood...
In contrast, Lazio, Lazio's rivals, is at a disadvantage. Their main lineup can be said to be brave and good, but the replacement lineup is definitely not as good as Juventus, and their competitiveness is bound to decline. This rule is actually more beneficial to the giants with strong bench strength.
Let’s think about this issue from the perspective of weak teams. For example, the game between Watford and Manchester City should have started on May 9. Guardiola’s offensive routines are very varied, but due to personnel restrictions in each game, he It is impossible to adjust drastically. Watford coach Pierce could have probably built a defensive system to contain the Blue Moon’s offense through the video of the first few games, but when the number of substitutions increased to five, De Bruyne took the lead in the first half, and again in the second half. Become Silva dominates, Gua Shuai's unpredictable use of soldiers is a perfect match for increasing the number of substitutions. In fact, in the same level of competition, coaches who are better at adjusting on the spot are bound to be more accustomed to this change. People who can play their cards in a game with different effects, of course, prefer changes.
Increasing the number of substitutions is only a matter of technique and tactics, and the use of VAR has a wider bearing on otherwise. In fact, the implementation of VAR in the last two seasons has not been very smooth. It can be said that there are constant noises. The main argument is whether this technology sacrifices the fluency of football games for fairness. There are still many people today. Negative attitude towards VAR. Now, when people begin to accept VAR through repeated arguments, it is not a wise move to rashly propose to cancel VAR. Maybe the train had many problems when it first appeared, but it can definitely replace the carriage. VAR's recognition of penalties is definitely much higher than that of human eyes. With the improvement of technology over time, we have reasons for VAR to have a smooth flow of football games. The impact will be smaller and smaller, and similar words like "misjudgment is part of football" will disappear.
In addition to looking at problems from the perspective of technological progress, we can also look at problems from the perspective of fairness and justice. Take the New Year's Eve League in Europe as an example. Before the epidemic, everyone was using VAR to assist law enforcement. Offsides at the body hair level could be identified, which almost made misjudgments invisible and created a very strict law enforcement environment. However, in the second half of the season, we have returned to the era of judgement by the naked eye of the referee. There will definitely be offside goals and goal line injustices. Someone will definitely benefit from it. This is equivalent to the traffic police in the first half of the year. I feel that based on experience, this has in fact caused two-scale problems in the one-year league. If you have to pick faults, there is also the possibility of unfairness.
In fact, the fundamental problem is that the use of VAR can actually completely avoid the impact of the spread of the virus. The staff who enter the video control room can wear masks, gloves, and take body temperature. This is how we came when we first resumed work and production. After the first use, disinfect the operating room according to the standard. This may prevent the spread of the virus. In fact, in many fans’ opinion, VAR does not need to stop at all. After all, this is a historical trend, but we don’t want to see domestic referees using A4. Paper to judge whether a player is offside...
No matter how good the rules are, there are loopholes, and even the sound legal provisions will encounter exceptions. This time FIFA's fine-tuning of the rules will definitely cause various problems in the future operation, but as long as it is done with an unbiased attitude and measured with a ruler under the sun, it will be basically fair and just. Making it public can also ensure the normal operation of the game.
After the epidemic, many rules have changed passively or proactively like football. Perhaps football will return to the familiar rules by 2021, but many other industries, and even the world, will not change back to the original rules. We In addition to working hard to adapt, there must be preparations to gradually improve it.
After all, football is coming back soon, and our lives will be better.