Premier League to run off-line tests of VAR this weekend across 3pm kick-offs

September 14 – The English Premier League, which has been under pressure to fall into line with the rest of Europe’s major leagues and introduce video assistant referee (VAR) technology, has agreed to test the system – though not use the results – across multiple games for the first time this weekend.

According to the BBC, the five top-flight matches which kick off at 3pm on Saturday will be monitored from a central VAR hub, although the results will not affect the matches in any way and there will be no communication with anyone at the grounds concerned.

VAR was a success at the World Cup and every major footballing country in Europe now uses the system apart from England where there is still widespread caution among the clubs, if not the public.

Last season only selected English cup games implemented VAR and that is due to happen again. But the latest move strongly suggests possible implementation in the 2019-20 league campaign.

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