VAR’s arrival to the Premier League next season

A new wave of technology will hit the Premier League next season with the introduction of the Video Assistant Referees.

Despite “non-live” trials of VAR this season, English football has shown caution in implementing the system in comparison to Italy’s and Germany’s top divisions.

At the World Cup, VAR was largely-successful and Matt Law was in Russia this summer to see it in action. However, the Daily Telegraph correspondent highlighted that the confusion for match-going fans during reviews needs to be resolved.

“At the moment, for the spectator watching on TV it’s quite exciting to see the officials in office and see what they’re looking at.”

“What they’ve got to do is make it exciting for the spectator at the stadium so that they’re not just sitting there not sure what’s going on.”

The Premier League will join the Champions League in using Video Assistant Referees for next season.
The Premier League will join the Champions League in using Video Assistant Referees for next season.

In April, top-flight clubs voted against the decision to implement VAR into the league for the 2018/19 season therefore it’s clear that the World Cup has swayed the views in support of assisting referees in this manner.

A formal request from the Premier League will be sent to FIFA and the International Football Association.

Southampton striker Charlie Austin called his disallowed goal that was controversially ruled for offside “a joke” in the 1-1 draw with Watford last Saturday.

Perhaps it was this incident that has forced the Premier League’s hand to announce that VAR will be arriving to the league for the next campaign.