Premier League teams have reached an agreement that will see some key changes to how the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) is used next season impact Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and their rivals.
The introduction of the technology to the Premier League last season caused mass amounts of controversy, and teams are hoping that the latest changes can reduce this.
In July 2020, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) handed responsibility of VAR to FIFA following the aforementioned controversies and inconsistencies in the Premier League’s application of the technology in comparison to the rest of Europe.
A statement from the Premier League read: “At the Premier League’s Annual General Meeting today, Shareholders agreed to rules relating to Video Assistant Referees (VAR) and substitute players for the 2020/21 season.
“Shareholders unanimously approved the implementation of VAR, in line with the full FIFA VAR protocol.”
Below are the key changes that are set to be made to the technology.
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Referee Review Area
There seemed to be frustration amongst supporters last season that the referees were not using the on-field monitors as much as they should have.
Mike Riley, who is the leader of the Premier League’s PGMOL group, was against the monitors and they were not seen in the UK until January in the FA Cup.
However, when you look across Europe and in Champions League matches, these monitors are consistently used – something we could see in the Premier League next season.
Goalkeeper encroachment on penalty kicks
There is set to be a strict change in regard to goalkeepers leaving their goal-lines on penalty kicks.
From next season, there will be zero tolerance on this – which will of course mean there will be more retakes.
This is set to make it fairer, however, with goalkeepers…