The Premier League is set to make some important changes to VAR ahead of the upcoming 2021/22 season.
Video Assistant Referee (VAR) was featured during the 2018/19 season. After the clubs voted unanimously in November 2018 to introduce the system.
Why was there ever a need for a VAR?
Over the last three decades, football fans have been witnessing series of major botches in major tournaments. Subsequently, these decisions have led to major setbacks for many teams.
During the 2010 World Cup, in a group stage match between England and Germany, fans worldwide witnessed something so bizarre that it tainted all hopes for England. They needed a goal to equalize before halftime and Frank Lampard managed to score a banger from right outside the penalty area with the ball hitting the crossbar, falling inside the goal line, and spinning right back inside the keeper’s arms.
But the referee disallowed the goal as he did not see the ball bounce past the goal line. After this incident, the IFAB soon introduced goal-line technology. Eventually, this helped the referees to make the right calls on the field. But, the game needed much more changes, as it was difficult to call if a player was offside or not. This is when the VAR was introduced. VAR helped the match officials to make better decisions.
Since the arrival of VAR, we have seen a lot of controversial decisions. Be it a handball, offside call, or any other decision.
What changes to expect from 2021/22 season of the Premier League?
Premier League 2021-22 is scheduled to start on August 14, with Brentford and Arsenal kicking off the new season. The VAR is set to make major changes to its decision-making process.
Firstly, the VAR plans to make amends to the handball decisions that an accidental handball in the build-up to a goal will no longer be deemed an offence.
Secondly, VAR will be using ‘thicker lines’ in the upcoming season for making offside calls. In addition to this, it’s been clarified that the bottom of the armpit is now being classed as the part of the body where offside calls will be measured from.