Premier League to introduce VAR from next season

The Premier League has confirmed that it will use video assistant referees from the start of the 2019/20 season.

The league will now make a formal request to the International Football Association Board and Fifa, stating their intention to implement the technology.

Earlier this year, Premier League clubs voted against its introduction for the 2018-19. After its successful use at the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia – as well as in several leagues across Europe, including Germany’s Bundesliga and Italy’s Serie A – the Premier League has now decided to embrace the system, which allows referees to consult a so-called fifth official and review decisions on a pitch-side screen.

VAR has been used in a non-live trial during Premier League games this season to help train officials, and will continue to be used as such for the remainder of the campaign. The trials will also hope to clarify how decisions will be communicated to fans during games, and other logistical issues with the technology’s use.

Further reading: Tim Crow on the sponsorship opportunities around VAR.

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