The research that changed soccer: How controversial VAR joined the beautiful game
In January of 2018, five months before the World Cup, a Belgian professor revealed the research that would forever change the world’s most popular sport. In his office at KU Leuven University, Professor Werner Helsen and two colleagues had spent nearly two years watching a lot of soccer. With a background training elite referees, Professor Helsen was asked to investigate whether VAR was making the beautiful game fairer.
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