The impact of VAR technology on the Premier League

The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology is about to embark on its debut season in the Premier League and is set to be one of the most significant changes to the English game for some time.

Our latest Sports Fan Panel survey will identify what football and general sports fans really think about the technology and how they think it will impact the Premier League during the 2019/20 season.

The technology has become a major talking point in recent years with its introduction into some of Europe’s major competitions and more recently the Women’s World Cup in France. With decisions unclear and fans in disagreement, VAR has come under scrutiny in the Champions League for contentious decisions such as the Kimpembe hand ball against Manchester United and the controversial Mo Salah penalty for Liverpool in the Champions League final.

In fact, without the influence of VAR on some of the decisions in the Women’s World Cup, Lionesses forward Ellen White would have claimed the golden boot after seeing two of her goals disallowed during the competition.

The technology is being utilised in the Premier League during the 2019/20 season to ensure that referees are reaching the correct decisions. However, some of the decisions reviewed by VAR in other football competitions have caused controversy leaving some players, managers and fans frustrated.

The survey will cover topics such as:

  • The standard of refereeing in the Premier League
  • The impact of VAR technology on the Premier League
  • The impact of VAR technology on fan experience
  • The importance of VAR technology on referee decisions

It is clear that Premier League referees need support, but will VAR provide the answer?

Have your say and be in with the chance of winning a 2019/20 football shirt of your choice, click here.

F1 Fan Voice makes the shortlist at the 2019 Leaders Sports Awards

Leaders have today announced the shortlist for the 2019 Leaders Sports Awards, the global search for companies who are shaping the future of sport.

Over 450 entries were submitted by a wide range of companies from 31 countries during the 9 month process and now the final 25 companies shortlisted for this year’s Leaders Sports Awards have been revealed.

Goodform and Formula 1 have made the shortlist in the Innovation category with their entry of the award-winning F1 Fan Voice and have a third award win for the research platform in sight.

The Innovation shortlist includes:

  • 5G Remote Production by BT Sport/EE
  • DAZN by DAZN
  • Executive Huddle by San Francisco 49ers and SAP
  • F1 Fan Voice by Formula 1 and Goodform
  • The Emirates FA Cup: Bringing match footage to global audiences, in real-time by The FA and Twitter

This year’s awards have proven vastly competitive with high quality entrants from all corners of the globe. The entry for the F1 Fan Voice stood out for its impact in the sports industry, consistently impressing the judging panel of over 100 esteemed sport industry experts.

For more information on the F1 Fan Voice and the value it adds to Formula One, click here.

For more information on the Leaders Sports Awards and the other companies that made the shortlist, click here.

James Worrall, Founder & CEO of Leaders Sports Awards said: “Congratulations to all those shortlisted. We had a record year for entries and the quality of those entries showcased the strength of sport across the globe. The judging was particularly tough. This year’s shortlist is a masterclass of innovation and creativity within the industry and we’re looking forward to a great night announcing the winners in October during Leaders Week.”

The celebration for the Leaders Sports Awards will take place on Wednesday 9th October 2019 at the iconic Natural History Museum, London.

Netball tops the list of ‘growing sports’ for fans as the UK’s appetite for major events remains insatiable

As summers of sport go, it doesn’t get much better than 2019. We’ve witnessed arguably the most exciting Cricket match of all time as an unforgettable Cricket World Cup drew to an even more unforgettable close to see England crowned Champions. We’ve witnessed semi-final runs for Vitality Roses at the Netball World Cup, and the Lionesses at the FIFA Women’s World Cup. We’ve witnessed the longest Wimbledon men’s final of all time (if you could drag your eyes from the Cricket, that is) between two of the sport’s greatest ever players, and near flawless tennis from one of the women’s games newest stars as she demolished a great champion to claim the women’s title.

And all of this before a home Ashes series, and a Rugby World Cup to look forward to later in the year. 

In Goodform’s Sports Fan Panel latest research, netball tops the list of sports that fans perceive to be ‘growing’, highlighting the impact of Commonwealth success and a home world cup on the sport. Cycling too fares well, ranking second ahead of Rugby and Football – suggesting that British Cycling’s aim of making Britain a true cycling nation is well on its way.

Formula E (which, incidentally, those working within the industry recently voted as the biggest growing sport) completes the top 5, highlighting that the return of the London race for the 2020 season is sure to be a hit with the UK audience.

The Sports Fan Panel research shows, too, that there remains a huge amount of positivity towards hosting major events in the UK:

…and whilst we love to see a British team do well, the two most important factors in a UK-hosted event being a success are seen to be the creation of a lasting legacy and boosting local economies.

With several more UK-hosted major events on the horizon – not least the Rugby League World Cup in 2021 and the Commonwealth Games in 2022 – the event organisers will be looking to emulate the successes enjoyed by both cricket and netball during this fantastic summer of sport, as British fans look set to be treated to some of sport’s greatest spectacles for many years to come.