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