Azerbaijan’s football competition authority relies on Broadcast Solutions to implement VAR system

The demand for fair play and reliable decision-making during football matches is unstoppable. The most recent football association to addopt FIFA certified VAR system has been the Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan (AFFA). The infrastructure has been deployed by German-based systems integration company Broadcast Solutions.

The VAR implementation at AFFA comprised a two-part project with a mobile VAR system incorporated in a 3.5t transporter and 3 VAR rooms integrated into the offices of Baku’s Olympic Stadium. The mobile solution is used in cases where venues lack a fibre line connection to the VAR hub in the Olympic Stadium or distances are too wide. The mobile VAR solution offers three workplaces with an additional flightcase monitor placed at the football field sideline.

The VAR centre in Baku’s Olympic Stadium serves as a central VAR hub for all games of the Azerbaijan football league being reviewed. Therefore the majority of the venues are connected with the Olympic Stadium using a dedicated fibre connection. The three VAR rooms offer enough space for three video referees to work. Technically they access a separated Central Apparatus Room (CAR) with the possibility to cover three matches simultaneously.

Each VAR system, the mobile and the fixed one are equipped to handle up to eight video signals per match.

AFFA and Broadcast Solutions together opted for the EVS Xeebra multi-camera review system. In total, four EVS Servers are running in the Baku Olympic Stadium. Also incorporated is Xeebra‘s integrated machine learning technology to automatically calibrate the field of play and produce a virtual offside line (VOL) in real-time.

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