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VAR Protocol

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.

The Premier League is committed to the consistent use of VAR as set out in the International Football Association Board protocol: "One protocol – used by all”.

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
Offsides
Penalty kicks
Unseen incidents
Final decision
VAR Hub
Communications
History of VAR
Frequently Asked Questions

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