Premier League clubs were provided with an update on plans for the
introduction of Video Assistant Referees (VAR) in the competition in the new
This included details on in-stadium communications, in particular
when there is a clear delay to a match because of VAR, and when refereeing
decisions are over-turned due to the intervention of VAR.
The Premier League has created graphics which will be displayed on
giant screens to explain any VAR-related delay to a match, and any overturned
Additionally, if the VAR believes there is a definitive video clip
which helps explain an overturned decision, it will be broadcast on giant
Also, the Premier League is investigating the possibility of messages and video clips being viewed on handheld devices via an app.
For clubs who do not have giant screens in their stadium, VAR communications will be made via a combination of PA announcements and messages on scoreboards.
Why was VAR
Over the years there have been some high-profile matches around
the world where, through no fault of their own, match officials make mistakes.
Those mistakes have had an impact on the outcome.
Immediately people can see things on TV, on their phones, and know
mistakes have been made. So if you have that power of technology, why not
harness it to help what is happening on the pitch?
While VAR will not capture everything, it will help us make more
better decisions. But it will not stop the debate over decisions next
How does VAR
VAR looks at four key areas: all goals scored; penalty kicks,
whether they’re awarded or not; direct red-card offences – not second yellow
cards but straight reds; and any case of mistaken identity.
There will be a VAR and an Assistant VAR for each match at our hub
at Stockley Park, outside London. They will look at those four key areas and
can request from a replay operator any angles of incidents. The operator
can provide them with replays in normal speed or in slow motion.
The officials will use that information to work out: “Is what
the on-field match official team did clearly and obviously wrong in those four