After the Premier League agreed that VAR would remain in the division at its annual general meeting earlier this month, it was decided that it would be managed in accordance with FIFA protocol in 2020/21.
This means his use will be slightly different in the Premier League from his debut last season, but by how much?
Here are the five key things to watch out for:
The referees going to the field side monitor
Perhaps the biggest and most welcome change will see referees encouraged to use the field monitors more often instead of relying on a voice from Stockley Park, which we have started to see creeping into the end of last season.
Referee Chris Kavanagh was seen using the monitor when he decided to send Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah to Leicester shortly after the Premier League restart, and the monitors will be used to allow referees review red cards, goals and penalties more often.
TV coverage could make the lags less controversial
While the offside law will not change, the decision to allow fans to view VAR’s decision-making process is expected to be changed.
Fans last season were able to see lines drawn across the screen as the most marginal calls were dissected, but that should stop in the hopes that it will cause less uproar around some decisions.
The lines will still be drawn and could possibly be broadcast later to support a decision, but they are not set to be viewed in real time.
Keep the flag down
In another change that will bring the Premier League into line with competitions across Europe, assistant referees are urged not to raise their flag for offside during scoring chances until the end of play.
If they suspect that there is an offside they can raise their flag, then VAR will also check if a goal is scored when the flag is raised.
Goalkeepers will be watched carefully on penalties
This is the one that has the potential to annoy a lot of people.
Unlike last season, it will now be the job of the VAR to monitor whether or not goalkeepers stray from their line when facing penalties, with one of their feet to be planted on the line when the ball is hit. is hit.
If the goalkeeper saves the kick after leaving his line it will be retaken, but if anything else happens – a goal, missing the target or hitting the post directly – then the original kick is maintained.
Encroachment only matters if you end up with the ball
The VAR will also keep an eye out for players encroaching into the penalty area when kicking, but they will only order a restart based on what the invading player is doing.
If an attacking player or defender who is judged inside the penalty area when the kick is taken then impacts play from the rebound – i.e. scores or clears the ball – then he will be penalized.
Either the goal scored during the rebound will be refused by VAR, or the penalty will be retried if the defender at fault clears the ball.
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