Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology will be used in both legs of the Carabao Cup semi-final between Chelsea and Arsenal, the first leg taking place this Wednesday night.
The International Football Association Board agreed a two-year trial in 2016.
When will it be used during a game?
VAR can be used in “match-changing” situations – goals, penalty/no penalty decisions, straight red cards and cases of mistaken identity by the referee.
How often will it be used?
It simply depends on how the game is played out. It was first deployed in an official match in the UK for England’s goalless friendly draw against Germany in November 2017, although it was not called on by the referee. You could argue that in more competitive games (e.g. our game against Arsenal this week) will involve more controversial decisions, in which the VAR can potentially take place.
There has been some highly controversial decisions against Chelsea over the years, however there is certainly a mixture of opinions about the introduction of VAR. Some say it will disrupt the tempo of the match, and quite simply the whole culture of the game. On the other hand some say it will benefit both teams, where there is a 100% correct outcome for every important moment in matches.