From the 2023/24 season, the Eredivisie will have additional goal-line cameras that can be used to assess whether a ball has crossed completely over the goal line: Goal Line Replay. This new technology has been initiated and funded by the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) and the Eredivisie CV. Goal Line Replay will be used for the first time at the Johan Cruyff Shield match.
Thanks to the four new extra high frame rate cameras in all eredivisie stadiums, VAR can judge very accurately whether or not a ball has fully crossed the goal line. A camera is positioned both left and right, level with the goal line, recording what happens on the goal line. Goal Line Replay is not the same as automatic Goal Line Technology where referees receive a notification on their watch when a ball has crossed the goal line.
The cameras can also be used in relevant VAR situations in and near the penalty area. These could include penalty shoot-out situations, goal-scoring situations, red-card situations, etcetera.
In addition to the arrival of additional goal-line cameras, the offside cameras (the so-called 16-meter cameras) will be upgraded from HD to 4K. This will allow sharper zooming in for offside situations, for example.
Both improvements are being implemented by Hawk-Eye Innovations. After an extensive selection process, the market leader in VAR technology was selected as the supplier for the next five seasons. In partnership with Hawk-Eye, the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) and the Eredivisie CV will focus on new sports technology innovations and applications that could be useful for the Dutch professional football leagues.
VAR in KNVB Cup
From next season, VAR will also be used in the round of 16 in the KNVB Cup. In previous years, VAR has been used in the cup tournament only from the quarter-finals onwards.