VAR in the Premier League: English top-flight introduce technology for 2019-20


The competition has held off introducing video assistant referees (VAR), even as it has been used in other top leagues, including Spain, and by Federation Internationale de Football Association at the World Cup.

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

VAR was used for the first time at this year's World Cup in Russian Federation and has been included from the quarterfinals of South America's premier club competition - the Copa Libertadores - in 2018 as well.

Earlier Thursday, Asian Cup organisers said VAR would be used at the January 5-February 1 tournament, starting in the quarter-finals.

Southampton striker Charlie Austin demanded the introduction of VAR after his goal was disallowed by referee Simon Hooper, who deemed Maya Yoshida to have interfered with the ball from an offside position.

In April, Premier League clubs voted against it being used for the 2018-19 season.

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It will be the first time VAR has been used at an Asian Cup, which has been expanded to a record 24 nations in 2019.

VAR allows referees to ask for video analysis of specific moments to ensure that the right decision is made.

The Premier League has finally dragged itself over the finishing line. Those incidents led to 20 reviews, with 17 decisions changed as a result.

So from next August, Newcastle fans, if NUFC stay in the Premier League, will experience the pros and cons of decisions being influenced by match officials who aren't on the pitch.

"I think it is a good thing".