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Exclusive: EFL Chief Executive on ‘potential’ VAR use in the Football League next season



The World Cup was the biggest stage where the new Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system was trialled this summer, with mixed results.

There were times in Russia where the pilot proved the new technology would be an addition to football that would benefit the game.

The use of the technology is to help correct a clear and obvious error, and as many times as it helped clear up decisions, it also left so many scratching their head over the reviews.

With the testing still in it’s infancy, despite being used regular in the MLS, there will be time before the system is implemented into the English Football.

FLW’s Jay Taylor was exclusively at the Media Briefing for the Checkatrade Trophy Round One Draw, and EFL Chief executive Shaun Harvey revealed that there is ‘potentially’ a future for VAR in an English fixture next season.

But Harvey wasn’t too committal if it would go ahead and was quick to point out the need for more officials should the process get given the go ahead.

“Everyone is watching on with interest,” Harvey explained.

“VAR isn’t being intruded in the Premier League this season and I think it had it’s challenges at the World Cup.

“It’s a new technology and I think one of our bigger concerns is around match officials and the staffing of it.

“We need the best officials out live on a Saturday afternoon with a whistle or a flag. 

“We need to keep as many as them active in those roles for as long as possible.”

“There is a pipeline issue as a game in seeing new officials coming though and the primary focus is getting them out into the middle, but VAR has its attractions.”

Goal line technology has already been introduced in the Championship to great acclaim.

And VAR will be used in Stadia that has the facilities during this season’s Football League Cup in a bid to help teach officials on how to use it should it be introduced into the Premier League or the Championship in the near future.

Harvey said it could be used in this season’s Checkatrade Trophy final, but it wasn’t certain.

“We will use it in the Carabao Cup,” The EFL Chief Executive explained. “Particularly in Premier League stadiums where it’s connected.

“Our clubs will play with it in that competition. We need to play our part in ensuring the match officials who will use it in the Premier League have got as much experience as possible.

“I think it is a fair way away from getting into our league games, purely because we don’t have the TV cameras in place that is standard fare at any Premier League club.

Harvey added: “Potentially, VAR could be used [in the Checkatrade Trophy final]. But the basis that one or both the teams have never used it in a live situation before, it might be a step too far

“We’ve talked about opportunities for young players and this is as much as an opportunity for match officials to use it — the better they get the bigger benefit there will be for football.”

ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: Exclusive: EFL Chief Executive on ‘potential’ VAR use in the Football League next season

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