VAR in the Premier League: English top-flight introduce technology for 2019-20

Doug Mendoza
November 16, 2018

"Premier League clubs have agreed in principle to introduce Video Assistant Referees (VAR) to the competition in the 2019/20 season", a statement on the league's website read.

The league has acquired approval from its teams, and will now formally ask FIFA and the International Football Association Board for permission to implement the technology.

The English clubs were provided with an update on this season's VAR trials, with key examples of its use in the FA Cup and League Cup discussed in detail.

The decision comes after contentious refereeing decisions overshadowed a 1-1 league draw between Southampton and Watford last weekend.

EFL clubs followed the Premier League's example past year by bringing their transfer deadline forward but foreign leagues did not, resulting in two transfer deadlines last summer.

How VAR decisions are communicated to fans in the stadium will be addressed, with the development of a "clear protocol" to be established.

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

In the World Cup group stage, 335 incidents were checked by VAR officials which led to 14 referee calls being overruled.

VAR is already in use across the majority of Europe's major leagues including La Liga, the Bundesliga and Serie A.

"I think it is a good thing".

The A-League and multiple European leagues use the technology while it will be introduced to the UEFA Champions League in 2019-20.

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