Premier League Clubs Vote to Continue Operating VAR

Premier League clubs have made the decision to continue operating VAR in the Premier League, following a vote in favor of the technology. This move comes after discussions at the Annual General Meeting, where it was agreed that improvements should be made to enhance the system for the benefit of the game and supporters.

During the meeting, six key areas were highlighted for improvements in VAR. These include maintaining a high threshold for VAR intervention to ensure greater consistency and fewer interruptions to the flow of the game, reducing delays through the introduction of Semi-Automated Offside Technology (SAOT), and improving fan experience by providing in-stadium announcements and enhanced big screen replays.

Furthermore, there will be a focus on implementing more robust VAR training to improve consistency, increasing transparency and communication around VAR, and launching a fan and stakeholder communication campaign to clarify VAR’s role in the game.

It was also confirmed that Semi-Automated Offside Technology will be introduced in the autumn of 2024. This technology will provide quicker and more consistent placement of the virtual offside line based on optical player tracking, enhancing the overall in-stadium and broadcast experience for supporters.

The Premier League and PGMOL will continue to push for greater flexibility in the Laws of the Game to allow live video and audio broadcasts during VAR reviews, aiming to further improve communication and understanding of VAR among participants and fans.