Premier League to introduce VAR next season

Lynette Rowe
November 16, 2018

The AFC Referees Committee agreed on Friday to introduce the video assistant referee for the final seven matches of the tournament, which kicks off in the United Arab Emirates in January.

After initially holding off implimenting the technology, the Premier League will debut VAR pending a go ahead from The International Football Association Board (The IFAB).

The Premier League's 20 clubs chose to introduce VAR at a meeting on Thursday, pending approval from soccer's lawmakers.

'Key learnings from VAR's use in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup, and other leagues across the world, were discussed in detail.

The VAR system has been approved for use at next year's Asian Cup from the quarterfinal stage.

Former Premier League referee Mark Halsey praised the decision, telling BBC Radio Five Live: "I think it is a good thing".

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It said it will establish a "clear protocol" for the way VAR decisions are communicated to fans in stadiums following previous criticism from supporters.

In April, Premier League clubs voted against the introduction of VAR for the 2018-19 season.

VAR was a controversial addition to the FIFA World Cup.

VAR was used at the World Cup this summer, while the technology is now being used in La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1 and the Bundesliga.

The VAR system uses a match official who monitors video footage of the game for incidents that the on-pitch referee and his assistant referees might have missed, such as determining goals, red cards, penalties and cases of mistaken identity.

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