World Cup referee sees no future without VAR

After years of officiating many big games, Victor Gomes pulls out the retirement card following the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

"The dream started when I was only a child," he said on Marawa Sports Worldwide.

Now that he’s finally achieved his goal of officiating for the World Cup he can finally retire and spend time with his family.

The South African said that he made his decision together with his wife during his 8-hour flight.

“I believe I've been better than those who have come before me and I want others to come to also do better than me.

Football is in my blood, I will leave the field but I will still contribute towards lifting the SA's flag high."

Victor’s achievements

•   During the 2012/13 and 2017/18 PSL season, the renowned South African referee was voted referee of the season.
•   Gomes officiated the France and Australia group stage match where France was victorious 4-1 during the FIFA World Cup
•   Japans debatable win against Spain early December 2022 during their group stage in the World Cup
•   Officiated the 2021 AFCON final between Egypt and Senegal
•   I Ahly and Wydads match in the CAF Champions League final

The derby between Pirates and Chiefs was his final South African match before taking off to Qatar.

SAFA decided to appoint Victor to be a Chairperson on the National Referees Committee mid-February this year. Since then he has pursued the possibility of introducing VAR in SA soccer matches.

Taking over from SAFA vice-president Natasha Tsichlas, Gomes directive is to implement VAR.

"I want to thank SAFA and especially the president [Danny Jordaan] for the trust entrusted on me with this appointment," said Gomes following the announcement.

"I will put the same commitment in this job with the same professionalism I showed during my days as the referee," he added, saying implementing VAR was one of the priorities he would be tasked with, according to the SAFA website.

The 40-year old spoke to Robert Marawa on #MSW on Wednesday night explaining that they are busy laying the ground work to implement VAR in upcoming soccer SA matches.

“We need the training first of all. There is a 32 page document for the requirements of VAR. We are busy with the budgets for VAR and we are going through the document. Every game needs to be treated as if it is going to be televised. It’s not fair to have the televised games with VAR and the others not.

We need to check each stadium and it’s something that doesn’t happen overnight. We need to look at where the central hub is going to be that all the feeds go to. There is consultation with other FA’s that have implemented this but it’s not a simple process at all.”

How long will until we see VAR hit South African Soccer fields? Will all stadiums be equipped to handle the infrastructure?

Watch the interview below

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