Video assistant referees continue to be embraced across different competitions and the latest is the UEFA Champions League.
UEFA has announced that VAR will be introduced to the competition starting next season 2019/2020 and will also be used in the 2019 Super Cup and at Euro 2020, as well as in the Europa League from 2020/2021 and in the 2021 Nations League finals.
The system that was first used in a major international tournament at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia gives referees an opportunity to review footage of major decisions that could have a huge impact on the game.
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin said that he was “confident” about having appropriate time “to put in place a robust system” and also train match officials to ensure an "efficient and successful implementation of VAR in the world's flagship club competition".
In top tier football, the VAR system was first used in Australia’s A-League in 2017 and later in the Major League Soccer in the United States of America and has since been adopted in the Italian Serie A.
In England this season, it’s being used in the Carabao Cup during fixtures played at Premier League grounds.
By Robert K James