Premier League clubs reject use of Video Assistant Referees agreeing to more advanced testing throughout the 2018/19 season.

Premier League clubs have today agreed to continue advanced testing of Video Assistant Referees (VAR) throughout the 2018/19 season.



The decision, which means VAR will not be introduced in the league next season, comes after comprehensive discussions regarding the progress made in VAR trials in English football, and key learnings from the many competitions elsewhere using it.


The use of VAR was granted throughout football by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) in March and is expected to be approved for use in this summer’s World Cup in Russia.

However, a statement released by the Premier League, read: “The clubs recognised and are grateful for the substantial developments made by PGMOL Managing Director Mike Riley and his team.


“The clubs agreed that advanced testing will continue to the end of season 2018/19 to make further improvements to the system, especially around communication inside the stadium and for those following at home and around the world.

“The Premier League will also be asking for VAR to be used more extensively in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup in season 2018/19.”


fcbusiness reporter Andrew Warshaw looks in-depth at the issues surrounding the use of VAR in football in the latest issue of the magazine. Read the full article here  


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