The Premier League & VAR: What Will Happen Next Season?
It is probably fair, and actually more likely an understatement, that the Premier League VAR experiment this season has not gone to plan. Managers, players and fans of the game all wanted it to come into play after a trial last season and after seeing it used in other competitions. However, there have been serious issues, and I think it is fair to say that the vast majority of people, if not all, want something to change next season.
But what can the Premier League do to change things up, and make something that everyone wanted become the thing we were all hoping it would be?
To me, there are three things that the Premier League can do;
- Keep things the same, which would be the worst idea and the one that would suffer the most backlash, from those both inside and outside of the game.
- Their second option is to make Premier League VAR a thing of the past and scrap it, but that would be seen as taking a step backwards, and not what world football would want to see.
- The final option is to change the rules surrounding VAR and make it easier to understand and eliminate some of the problems we have seen so far this season. This is the most likely outcome, and here is the best way forward we have seen discussed so far.
Give Attackers the Advantage Back with VAR Rule Change
The actual basics of VAR are spot on, and with technology being used in other sports, it feels as though it is something that every sport should do. Therefore, things need to be looked at to make VAR better and there is one thing sticking out. This is to give the advantage back to the attackers when it comes to decisions, change the way VAR is used in reviews and this should eliminate things we have seen and not liked so far this season.
When complaints have been heard in the stands up and down the country, or on social media sites such as Twitter, it has been because players have been given offside by the narrowest of margins, with toes and shoulders being used to determine whether a player is offside or not.
The suggestion is to use VAR in the opposite way, and if a player has any part of their body onside, they are onside, rather than if they have any part of their body offside they are deemed to be offside. At the moment we see players level with their opponents, only to be given offside because of their foot position, shoulder position or something else. We have even had instances of players being given offside because they are leaning in an attempt to be onside, and although their feet are level, them leaning backwards has put their shoulders or head into an offside position.
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January 12th, 2020 by Simon A
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