Unveiled: VAR Decision to Bring Two Key Officiating Changes in Premier League, But Effort to Eliminate Likely to Be Unsuccessful

Unveiled: VAR Decision to Bring Two Key Officiating Changes in Premier League, But Effort to Eliminate Likely to Be Unsuccessful

The Premier League will support a swift introduction of in-stadium VAR communication amid pressure from clubs to improve refereeing standards.

Mail Sport has also learned a number of clubs believe the top-flight will widen their referees pool to allow Europe’s elite officials to take charge of matches.

It emerged on Wednesday that all 20 clubs will vote on a proposal made by Wolves to scrap VAR, the controversial system first introduced in 2019.

But while the move to abandon VAR is likely to end in failure when clubs vote at the end of season Annual General Meeting, it is clear teams want steadfast commitments from the Premier League with a view to enhancing the system and its processes.

The fact a large number of Premier League clubs are playing in European competition, that will use VAR, next season the decision-making inconsistencies players will face from week-to-week are among the apprehensions towards scrapping the system altogether.

The Premier League will seek to enhance VAR next season as clubs prepare to vote on its usage

A number of extenuating factors means that Wolves' radical proposal is likely to fail at the AGM

A number of extenuating factors means that Wolves’ radical proposal is likely to fail at the AGM

For example, VAR will still be in use in European competitions that English clubs take part in

For example, VAR will still be in use in European competitions that English clubs take part in

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There is also skepticism from clubs towards the lower reaches, particularly teams with lower budgets, of the league because they have already invested heavily into implementing the system.

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Among the criticisms VAR has faced is the lack of clarity in provides for in-stadium spectators.

While viewers on TV are party to the decision-making process, those at grounds are left largely in the dark as to how VAR officials come to decisions.

And the Premier League are ready to give in-stadium VAR communication the green light, which it is hoped will go some way to improving the experience for those watching from the stands.

At last summer’s Women’s World Cup, officials were cleared to announce VAR decisions, via microphone, to fans in stadiums for the first time at a senior FIFA international tournament.

And there is an acknowledgement at the Premier League that the same procedures should be introduced into England’s top division, although it remains to be seen if the feature can be implemented in time for next season.

The organisations’s willingness to communicate with supporters will go some way towards improving VAR’s processes, although the length of time certain decisions are taking to make remains the most common complaint.

In-stadium communication was used well during last summer's Women's World Cup

In-stadium communication was used well during last summer’s Women’s World Cup 

The introduction of semi-automated offside next season is also expected to boost the system

The introduction of semi-automated offside next season is also expected to boost the system

The long waiting times for decisions from Stockley Park are one of the factors criticised

The long waiting times for decisions from Stockley Park are one of the factors criticised

The introduction of semi-automatic offsides into the Premier League at some point next season is expected to reduce the amount of time it takes to decide on the tightest of calls.

But among the potential improvements clubs are privately considering is the possibility of appointing elite foreign referees to matches.

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Sources have told Mail Sport that similar proposals have been historically opposed by the Premier League and referees body PGMOL, but having the option of calling upon the best overseas officials is an one certain clubs believe has credibility.

Given previous reluctance to do so, it remains to be seen if clubs will discuss the option at the forthcoming AGM, by Mail Sport knows of at least three clubs that believe it would provide a positive step forward.

The PGMOL believe their stable of officials are among the best in Europe.

Michael Oliver and Anthony Taylor – who officiated in recent European semi-finals – and assistant referees Gary Beswick, Stuart Burt, Dan Cook and Adam Nunn have been selected for Euro 2024.

Stuart Attwell and David Coote will also head to Germany as VARs, meaning England will have the joint highest number of refereeing teams at the tournament.

Nevertheless widening the selection pool, some clubs believe, will help raise standards of competency within the selection pool.

Michael Oliver (centre) is one of a number of English referees who will take part in Euro 2024

Michael Oliver (centre) is one of a number of English referees who will take part in Euro 2024

Leeds manager Daniel Farke advocated for VAR to be used in the Championship due to errors

Leeds manager Daniel Farke advocated for VAR to be used in the Championship due to errors

The Premier League and PGMOL also believe VAR has improved the accuracy of decisions which, fundamentally, is the ultimate aim of the system.

Indeed, this week Leeds boss Daniel Farke said the fact the EFL does not rely on VAR has cost his team automatic promotion back into the Premier League and a huge cash windfall.

‘I have 12 apologising letters at home already during the season with offside goals and penalties not given,’ he said after the game.

‘If we would’ve used VAR during this season, we wouldn’t be in the play-offs. We would’ve been promoted automatically.’

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