VAR Set To Be Used In Premier League Next Season (1 Viewer)

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Video assistant referees are set to be used in the Premier League next season, after clubs agreed in principle to the move.

The Premier League will now make a formal request to the International Football Association Board and Fifa.

VAR was used at the 2018 World Cup, is in operation in Italy and Germany's top divisions, and has been utilised in some FA Cup and Carabao Cup games.

The Premier League has been carrying out "non-live" trials this season.

VAR will also be used in the Champions League from next season.

There have been growing calls for it to be introduced into the English top flight for several years.

But in April Premier League clubs voted against it being used for the 2018-19 season.

What is VAR?
The theory behind VAR is simple: more accurate decisions, more often, and at the most important points in matches.

The on-pitch referee makes all the same calls, at the same speed and unaided, as he would without the system in place.

However, the VAR - a current or former top-level referee - is in place to check decisions on four sorts of incidents:
  • Goals, including 'missed' attacking offences in the build-up
  • Penalties awarded and not awarded, including 'missed' attacking offences in the build-up
  • Direct red cards
  • Cases of mistaken identity where the wrong player is shown a red or yellow card
The referee can accept the information relayed through his earpiece by the VAR team, an option usually reserved for objective calls of fact such as if a player is offside.

Or, for more subjective decisions such as red cards and penalty-box fouls, he can review the footage on a pitch-side television monitor before deciding whether to change his initial call.

The VAR team will also proactively contact the referee if they spot "a clear and obvious error" around these four types of incident or a "serious missed incident" - usually off-the-ball violence.

The referee can then decide whether or not to have a review - this is where the replay is officially consulted and is indicated by the referee showing the TV signal.

The introduction of VAR is excellent news. The standard in the league for refs is so low but now there is no excuse for them "missing" something.
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Great. Love progress. Was very good at the world cup.


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Brilliant decision. It won't be great at first. Loads will whinge. But overall it is a massive step in the right direction, finally football getting to grips with the 21st century.

If I can see a goal was ruled offside wrongly or a goal was allowed incorrectly from my living room, the referee on the pitch should get the same opportunity to reduce the amount of silly decisions being made.

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