videoReferee® at IHF Handball World Championship 2017 in France
The videoReferee® video judging system has been tested and used for years in several sports. The system is already in use successfully in major sports leagues all around the world (e.g.: Ice-Hockey, Canoe Slalom, Basketball, Volleyball) and proved its functionality and ease of use without any failures during comptetions. For several years now, all international canoe slalom competitions of the International Canoe Federation (ICF), including the Olympic Games 2016, are monitored by videoReferee® systems.
At the IHF Handball World Championships 2017, videoReferee® is the overall video judging system with one system located directly at the sideline in each venue. The system uses 6 system-specific micro-cameras that cover the field: 2 per goal, one for the overall overview and one for the scoreboard. In addition, the videoReferee® system has access to 6 additional TV camera signals retrieved from the OB Van. Each system can process up to 16 (+2x4K) (Paris) respectively 12 signals giving the referees the possibility to review a situation from different angles. The videoReferee® is positioned directly at the time table at the sideline of the field, where the referee is located for the video judging.
During the competition, all signals can be viewed and marked simultaneously throughout continuous recording. videoReferee® offers organizers and referees unprecedented opportunities to clarify controversial situations, thus ensuring more fairness during the competition. The marking of dubious situations can be done by the referee directly. Using the controller (and / or the touch screen), individual channels can be selected or special situations can be searched and marked – all in real-time. The referee can mark situations during live-recording or by accessing previously recorded material and can choose between the simultaneous view of 4 channels, single view or zoom view.
Thanks to the simple and intuitive operation of the videoReferee® system and its controller, trainings on the system are fast and easy – judges can start to work with the system in a breath. Throughout the tournament, Broadcast Solutions operators to manage the videoReferee® and assist the field referees.
For the first time, the video judging system videoReferee® was used at a large handball tournament during the Super Globe 2016 in Qatar for a test run. The International Handball Federation (IHF) officials were impressed by the reliability and functions of the system and after an evaluation process, the IHF decided to use videoReferee® as the overall video judging system for the IHF Handball World Championships 2017 in France. In the course of several changes to the regulations that were active first during the Womens World Championships 2016 in Denmark the situations in which the video judging system is used as the video proof are extended and used in the World Championships in France.