Refereeing 2.0

Ensuring the flow and fairness of the game, with high-quality refereeing at all matches – that’s what the KNVB is committed to. And that’s why the association is constantly working to improve the training, development and overall performance of referees.

Key to this is a supporting role for technology in professional football, something the Royal Netherlands Football Association has been advocating for many years.

The use of technology will raise the quality of refereeing as well as the general acceptance of refereeing decisions. This will contribute to the flow and fairness of the game. There is ongoing research, both nationally and internationally, into the extent to which certain instruments and technology can support referees in their decision-making process.

Pilot scheme

The use of technology will raise the quality of refereeing as well as the general acceptance of refereeing decisions

In the 2013-14 season, the KNVB launched a two-year pilot scheme called Arbitrage 2.0, which translates as Refereeing 2.0. It included trials of (Hawk-Eye) goal-line technology and the deployment of a fifth and sixth official.

For the long term, the KNVB strongly believes in the potential of a video assistant, which was also part of the pilot scheme.

The Times report on the KNVB's Refereeing 2.0 pilot, 22 January 2015.

Goal-line technology

Goal or no goal? – The verdict could decide the game

In July 2012, FIFA decided in favour of the introduction of goal-line technology in national competitions. Immediately after this decision, the KNVB contacted the manufacturers of all available major systems.

In the two-year pilot, The KNVB opted for the Hawk-Eye system, which offers replay of multi-camera footage from various angles to determine whether or not the ball has crossed the goal line. FIFA has allowed the introduction of goal-line technology in national competitions from 2012.

Goal-line technologyFIFA is in favour of the introduction of goal-line technology in national competitions. 5th and 6th officialsThe deployment of 5th and 6th officials during matches has multiple advantages. Video refereeThe KNVB strongly believes in the potential of the video assistant’s role in the future. Dutch football continues Refereeing 2.0Dutch professional football is continuing the Refereeing 2.0 project with more emphasis on the development of a video assistant.

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