VAR in English Premier League

September 02, 2019 2 min read

Premier League clubs were provided with an update on plans for the introduction of Video Assistant Referees (VAR) in the competition next season.

The video assistant referee (VAR) is a match official in association football who reviews decisions made by the head referee with the use of video footage and a headset for communication.

It will certainly impact the Premier League this year. The decision making will be more precise than before. The video assistant referee (VAR) consists of a group of people. It will be composed of a video assistant referee, his assistant and a replay operative are stationed in a room with access to camera angles from all over the pitch. They will review certain decisions made by the referee during the game together.

When a mistake is spotted, only then, the video assistant referee can get involved regarding the decision. The video assistant referee (VAR) can decide to get involved as the referee cannot ask for their help. The referee does not need to go to a screen for this decision anymore. They need to communicate with the referee or the original decision will stand.  

 The video assistant referee (VAR) analyzes the situation and gives a more precise decision. Therefore, it could turn the match around. It will only be used for incidents such as each goal scored, each penalty awarded, mistaken identity, each straight red card shown. It will also analyze and give recommendations on yellow cards as well as second yellow cards, foul plays, decisions regarding corner or throw-ins.

VAR will be used in all 360 Premier League games this season. This will surely change a lot in the matches and the outcomes. The outcome of a match can be turned by decisions regarding goals, foul play, etc. So, using the video assistant referee (VAR) is a very good initiative taken by the premier league.

Video Assistant Referee technology (VAR) reversed its first decision in Premier League history as it was used to rule out Manchester City‘s third goal against West Ham United. The assistant referee kept his flag down but the video official reviewed the move and ruled that Jesus was offside. VAR disallow Jesus' goal for offside in 55’ in that match.

A lot of goals or decisions from last year that could have been changed with the help of VAR. The table would have been different. New data from GentingBet suggests that Liverpool could have finished top of the table with the help of the Video Assistant Referee.

Manchester City hosted Tottenham, with Kyle Walker not being penalised for an evident handball in the penalty area.

The video assistant referee (VAR) of the Premier League is said to be better and more advanced than other tournaments. Decisions will now be more unbiased than before. Therefore, it will have a lot of affect on the Premier League.

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