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.

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