Premier League agree to implement Video Assistant Referee (VAR) from next season

Premier League clubs have agreed in principle to introduce video assistant referees (VAR) from the 2019/2020 season.

At a meeting on Thursday, the league and its share holders agreed to the introduction of the VAR an update on the technologies latest testing was provided.

A statement released by the Premier League on Thursday read: "At a Shareholders'
Meeting today, clubs were provided with an update on the non-live VAR trials being undertaken by the League and Professional Game Match Officials (PGMOL) this season.

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

"The Premier League's non-live testing programme will remain in place for the rest of this season, with a continued emphasis on those Saturday afternoons which have several matches being played concurrently, and developing a clear protocol for communicating VAR decisions to fans.

"The League will now formally make a request to the International Football Association Board and FIFA to use VAR next season."

The league had voted against implement the VAR this season in April, before it was used successfully at the World Cup in Russia.

Several leagues across Europe  including the Bundesliga and Serie A are currently using the technology, the continent's top club competition, UEFA Champions League, will begin using it next season.




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