Premier League clubs have voted in favour of introducing Video Assistant Referees (VAR) to the competition from the 2019-20 season onwards. 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 Russia.
The technology is already being used in the FA Cup and EFL Cup, but will now spread to the English top flight, as well as the Champions League, from the beginning of the 2019-2020 season.
A statement on the league’s website said the Premier League’s non-live testing programme will remain in place for the rest of this season, with a continued emphasis on those Saturday afternoons which have several matches being played concurrently, and developing a clear protocol for communicating VAR decisions to fans.
The League said it will now formally make a request to the International Football Association Board and FIFA to use VAR next season. It was also confirmed at the shareholder’s meeting that next season’s summer transfer window will close before the season begins, continuing the rule introduced this year.