Premier League set to use VAR from next season

Aubrey Yates
November 16, 2018

The Premier League is set to use the Video Assistant Referee system from next season after clubs "agreed in principle" to the move on Thursday.

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

VAR was used for the first time at this year's World Cup in Russian Federation and has been included from the quarterfinals of South America's premier club competition - the Copa Libertadores - in 2018 as well.

The Premier League has announced a reduced summer transfer window will continue next year and will close the day before the start of the new season.

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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The Premier League said it a statement that its "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".

Southampton striker Charlie Austin was left distraught after seeing a goal incorrectly disallowed for offside in his side's 1-1 draw with Watford.

Former Premier League referee Mark Halsey believes the time is right for the league to use the technology, which should help the officials to make correct decisions during match-defining moments. "We've seen this season a number of incidences that have been called wrong, especially this weekend when there were a number of goals ruled out when they shouldn't have been".

The English top-flight held off introducing VAR this season, even though it has been used in other top leagues, including Spain, and by Federation Internationale de Football Association in Russia.

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