The Premier League will introduce VAR at the beginning of the 2019/20 season, after the league’s 20 clubs reached an agreement in principle this week. Video refereeing proved a major success during the World Cup in Russia and has already been introduced to major leagues including La Liga.
The league released a statement on their official website, stating: “Premier League clubs have agreed in principle to introduce Video Assistant Referees (VAR) to the competition in the 2019/20 season. At a Shareholders’ Meeting today, clubs were provided with an update on the non-live VAR trials being undertaken by the League and Professional Game Match Officials (PGMOL) this season.”
The move will be welcomed by players, managers and fans alike after several key decisions have already been missed or wrongly given this season. Which has led to players and managers making their feelings heard, none more so than Southampton’s Charlie Austin.