Published: Fri, November 16, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Premier League confirms VAR system technology to be introduced from 2019/20 season

Premier League confirms VAR system technology to be introduced from 2019/20 season

The A-League and multiple European leagues use the technology while it will be introduced to the UEFA Champions League in 2019-20.

"Premier League clubs have agreed in principle to introduce Video Assistant Referees (VAR) to the competition in the 2019/20 season", a statement on the league's website read.

The prospect was discussed at a shareholder's meeting and agreed "in principle" to follow the lead set in Serie A, the Bundesliga and La Liga and after its implementation at the World Cup in Russian Federation.

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

Gareth Southgate isn't picking England squads based exclusively on goals in the Premier League.

"The decision to include VAR was only made on September 26 and that has meant a tremendous amount of work has been required to ensure that it can play a role at the tournament from the quarterfinal stages", AFC general secretary Dato' Windsor John said. I know a lot of people are against it but we've got to embrace it now and move forward.

"The referees will still want to go out and get the key match decisions right, it's very important that referees are not hiding behind the VAR".

Managers Mark Hughes and Slavisa Jokanovic were the latest this weekend to be outraged at decisions going against them.

The referees association PGMOL trialled the VAR system earlier this season to test that the technology could work at their data centre for multiple matches at the same time.

For some incidents, he can review the footage on a pitch-side television monitor before deciding whether to change his initial call.

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