Premier League to introduce VAR next season

The technology was used at the World Cup in Russia

The technology was used at the World Cup in Russia

Premier League clubs have agreed in principle to introduce video assistant referees (VAR) from the start of next season.

Yet goals win games, and after the first 12 games of the Premier League season, these are the English players who've rippled the net in the competition.

Premier League clubs voted against the introduction of VAR this season at a meeting back in April.

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.

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.

VAR was trialled during the FA Cup and League Cup.

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However the system was largely hailed a success at this summer's World Cup and it is already in use in Europe's other top-four leagues of France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

The decision was made after a vote from all the twenty clubs in the English topflight league on Thursday.

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

Former Premier League referee Mark Halsey believes the time is right for the league to use the technology, which should help the officials to make correct decisions during match-defining moments.

Gareth Southgate isn't picking England squads based exclusively on goals in the Premier League. I know a lot of people are against it but we've got to embrace it now and move forward.

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