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


The Premier League has been carrying out "non-live" trials this season.

The league has acquired approval from its teams, and will now formally ask FIFA and the International Football Association Board for permission to implement the technology.

This year the clubs voted for it to close on 9 August - a day before the start of the Premier League season.

The AFC Referees Committee agreed on Friday to introduce the video assistant referee for the final seven matches of the tournament, which kicks off in the United Arab Emirates in January. Meanwhile, should Aston Villa and West Brom earn promotion this season, they too will play under the new technology in the top flight.

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Regardless, it was put to the vote for Premier League clubs to decide if they wanted to repeat the early closure for next season-and they did exactly that, with a 14-5 majority.

The system allows referees to review video footage of key decisions such as the awarding of goals, penalties and red cards during matches.

The prospect was discussed at a shareholder's meeting and agreed "in principle" to follow the lead set in Serie A, the Bundesliga and La Liga and after its implementation at the World Cup in Russian Federation.

It is as yet unclear how VAR decisions will be communicated to fans in the stadium. I know a lot of people are against it but we've got to embrace it now and move forward. "We've seen this season a number of incidences that have been called wrong, especially this weekend when there were a number of goals ruled out when they shouldn't have been".