VAR Protocol 2020/21 Season

30 Jul 2019
Neil Swarbrick in the VAR Hub

The Premier League clubs voted unanimously in November 2018 to introduce VAR in the 2019/20 season.

In July 2020, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) transferred the responsibility of VAR to FIFA.

IFAB will continue to work closely with FIFA, especially in terms of the VAR protocol, related Laws and qualification requirements.

The Premier League is committed to the consistent use of VAR as set out in the FIFA protocol.

The VAR philosophy in the Premier League is "minimum interference – maximum benefit".

VAR will only be used for "clear and obvious errors" or "serious missed incidents" in four match-changing situations:
– Goals
– Penalty decisions
– Direct red card incidents
– Mistaken identity

Further VAR reading

Premier League's VAR principles
Clear and obvious
Referee Review Area (RRA)
Attacking possession phase
How offsides are determined by VAR
Penalty kicks
Unseen incidents
Final decision
History of VAR
Frequently Asked Questions

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