Premier League: The VAR changes you'll see starting December

Premier League: The VAR changes you'll see starting December

The Premier League and the PGMOL, the referees' association, have reached an agreement to provide more information on VAR decisions in stadia during matches. 

The decision was reached upon during a stakeholders meeting on Thursday, as a response to recent VAR cases that have seen the technology's ability questioned on a number of occasions. 

The Premier League clubs, however, seemed to be in agreement over the need for the technology, but called on more clinical decisions and to clear doubts arising from poor communication or lack of it in most cases on decisions. 

“The implementation of VAR was discussed at length and the Premier League and the Professional Game Match Officials Board committed to improving the consistency of decisions, speeding up processes and increasing communication to fans," read part of the Premier League's statement. 

One change that is to be implemented from December will see extra captioning on graphics shown inside grounds while checks are in progress.

In the new communication formulae, they will be stating the offense they are checking after any sort of infringement, for example, 'checking possible offside in the build-up to the goal', which will be accompanied by the usual graphics. 

“VAR is alive and kicking. This is a brand new system and we are making good progress. We just have to be a bit more patient. We will get it right," said West Ham co-chairman David Gold after the meeting. 

Cases of lack of proper communication on incidents and how the technology operates have been raised basically every weekend, with the latest being the match between Liverpool and Manchester City on Sunday where there were question marks over two incidents that City felt they were denied penalties.