Premier League clubs vote to use VAR from 2019-20 season


Video assistant referees are set to be used in the Premier League next season, after the clubs agreed in principle to the move.

The A-League and multiple European leagues use the technology while it will be introduced to the UEFA Champions League in 2019-20.

During a shareholders' meeting, clubs were presented with an update on the non-live trials taking place, as well as "key learnings" from VAR's use in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup as well as from other leagues being discussed.

VAR was used at the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation, where 335 incidents were checked by VAR officials, and is already underway in some other European leagues.

The VAR system has been approved for use at next year's Asian Cup from the quarterfinal stage.

VAR allows referees to ask for video analysis of specific moments to ensure that the right decision is made.

In April, Premier League clubs voted against the introduction of VAR for the 2018-19 season.

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The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) is already used in the Bundesliga, Serie A, La Liga and Ligue 1, as well as at the World Cup finals earlier this year.

VAR was a controversial addition to the FIFA World Cup.

In the World Cup group stage, 335 incidents were checked by VAR officials which led to 14 referee calls being overruled.

The Premier League has finally dragged itself over the finishing line.

"I think it is a good thing".

EPL fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the huge change, with many condemning the decision and worrying for the future of the league.

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