Beginning with the August 12 match vs. Sporting Kansas City, video review will be in use at every home match for the remainder of the 2017 season.

How it works:

 

Four match-changing incidents 

The on-field decision will only be overturned if the video indicates a clear and obvious error in one of four match-changing incidents. Each of the four match-changing incidents is checked and analyzed by the video assistant referee (VAR). If no video review occurs, it is because the VAR did not identify a clear and obvious error.

1. Goals

Was awarding or not awarding a goal a clear and obvious error?

Did the ball cross the goal line?

Was there an infraction during the attacking phase of play (APP)* that would negate the goal?

  • Hand ball by the attacking team?
  • Foul by the attacking team?
  • Off side?
  • Ball out of play?
  • Encroachment on a penalty that impacts a goal being scored? 

2. Penalty Kicks

Was awarding or not awarding a penalty kick a clear and obvious error?

Was there a penalty foul committed?

Was the foul inside or outside the box?

Was there an infraction during the attacking phase of play (APP)* that would negate the penalty?

  • Hand ball by the attacking team?
  • Foul by the attacking team?
  • O side?
  • Ball out of play? 

3. Straight red cards 

Was showing or not showing a straight red card a clear and obvious error?

Note: Second yellow cards are not reviewable.

Red cards for violent conduct or serious foul play

  • Did a foul or incident warrant a red card?
  • Did a foul or incident NOT warrant a red card?
  • Did the on-field officials miss an incident of violent conduct or serious foul play that was identifed by the VAR? 

Denial of and Obvious Goal Scoring Opportunity red cards

Was there an infraction during the attacking phase of play (APP)* that would negate a red card for Denial of an Obvious Goal Scoring Opportunity?

  • Hand ball by the attacking team?
  • Foul by the attacking team?
  • O side?
  • Ball out of play? 

4. Mistaken identity

Did the referee issue red and yellow cards to the correct players?

*Attacking Phase of Play: the phase of play as determined by the referee when a team starts the attacking move toward the opposition's penaly area, leading up to the match-changing incident.