EPL to trial VAR for first time

The Premier League will trial VAR in 15 matches after the current international break.

The video assistant referee system was not picked up by the Premier League prior to the start of the season despite the success of the technology during the World Cup in Russia.

But the top flight is now aiming to have it in place for every match by the beginning of next season.

There will be an initial trial of the system, which will take place over five Saturday games at 3pm on September 15.

Fixtures that day include matches involving Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City and they will be watched by video officials at their Stockley Park base.

However, the decisions made at the base will not be used on the pitch. There will be no contact between the video assistant team and the on-field referee.

Instead, the trial is intending to show whether the video team can handle that many fixtures at one time and match the on-field demands.

The Premier League is one of the last adopters of the VAR system among Europe’s big leagues.

It has been used in both the Bundesliga and Serie A since last season, while La Liga has implemented it for the new campaign.

The technology was used in the Carabao Cup last season and will be used further this campaign. VAR also featured in the FA Cup final.

This will represent the first use of it in the Premier League in a multiple match scenario. – MailOnline

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