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VAR to be used in Premier League from next season

FOOTBALL By Mirror | November 15th 2018

Premier League clubs have agreed for VAR to be introduced next season.

There have been calls for the technology to be introduced after its success at the World Cup in Russia.


VAR has been trialled during the Carabao Cup and FA Cup in recent seasons and the Premier League has now confirmed an agreement is in place for it to come into play from August 2019.

The matter will now be passed to FIFA and the International Football Association Board.

Premier League statement

Premier League clubs have agreed in principle to introduce Video Assistant Referees (VAR) to the competition in season 2019/20.

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.

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