Teams get a chance to challenge close calls with video review system in Super Liga
Coaches will be given a chance to ask umpires to stop the match and review a play. Dante Peralta

THE Philippine Super Liga gives coaches a chance to challenge umpires’ calls with the introduction of the video review for the third season.

The video challenge will allow the team’s head coaches to ask for a verification of a point.

The video challenge system will use 12 cameras to monitor the game from different angles around the playing court and on the net post.

PSL president Tats Suzara, a development commission officer in the International Volleyball Federation, said the system would cost around €32,000 (around P1,750,000) but the league is confident it will be in place for the All –Filipino Conference starting on March 8.

“We are having a new innovation. We plan to have the video challenge in the All Filipino which will be more challenging, innovative and informative technical aspect of volleyball,” said Suzara.

“It is an expensive investment but it will be a good investment para maging advance na rin ’yung volleyball dito kasi ginagamit na rin ito sa ibang bansa,” said Suzara. “Hopefully magamit na natin ito sa All-Filipino Conference.”

“It will be the first time that this technology for the video challenge will be used in Asia,” he added. 

According to the PSL president, coaches will be allotted two challenges for each set and should be made five seconds after the referee blows his whistle.

“Coaches are allowed to have two video challenges per set. If the coach succeeds in his challenge, then tuluy-tuloy yun sa set with no limit. But if he is declined twice sa video challenge, then tapos na ang chance niya sa set and sa next set na ulit siya mabibigyan ng dalawang challenge,” Suzara explained.

The use of video challenge will be the latest to addition in the country’s first volleyball club league after the implementation of the use of electronic score sheet and microphones for the first and second referees.

PSL will also hold men’s and women’s beach volleyball tournaments after the All-Filipino Conference and a Champions League that will feature the champion teams from the UAAP, NCAA, Shakey’s V-League and the All Filipino winner in the PSL, with two top foreign club teams in Asia.

For the Champions League, Suzara said that he will write a formal invitation to Shakey’s V-League early next year and to NCAA and UAAP after the collegiate season ends.

A Japanese college squad and a Taiwanese team have already shown interest to join the Champions League. 


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