Premier League to use VAR from Next Season
The Premier League has announced that clubs have agreed to use VAR technology from next season. The league has written to Fifa and the International FA Board to make the rule change, something that will bring the league in line with the top divisions in Italy and Germany, and launch the technology at the same time as the Champions League is bringing it in. This is a big move for the league, and one that will finally bring an end to speculation about whether or not they would implement the system.
We all saw VAR used at the World Cup last summer, and it has been used in selected FA Cup and Carabao Cup games in England prior to that. The Premier League has been running tests this season, which have not been live but they have given officials the chance to get familiar working with it, both those sitting in the control room and those who are at the game on the field.
The statement saying that the league would implement VAR next season also said that tests would continue to run this season, especially on Saturday afternoons. This is when a lot of games are taking place together, and when the control room will need to run at its best and with an eye on every single game. One talking point that remains is how things will be addressed inside stadiums, and how the fans will get to know the decision of the VAR ruling, this is something that fans are cautious over. A system whereby the fourth referee has a microphone and can relay the reason for the decision to the fans is something that has been spoken about.
The Premier League aims to be the best league in the world, and to do that they have to embrace the best technology in the world. Bringing VAR into their league is something that will only help it grow further, and although there may be a handful of errors still made next season, we will be in a far better position than without VAR at all. If all decisions are not right, at least the vast majority will be. The Premier League is currently on a break for the international weekend but it returns next Saturday. The big game of the weekend next weekend is certainly the clash between Tottenham and Chelsea at Wembley, where the hosts are priced up at 17/10, and Chelsea are the slight favourites at 31/20. The draw is available to back at 5/2 in what is sure to be a tight game between two very good attacking teams.