Video Assistant Referee is coming to the Premier League, just not quite yet.
The Premier League’s clubs have opted for an additional season of review and experimentation — and also the use of VAR in both the League and FA Cups — ahead of potential implementation for the 2019-20 Premier League.
A Premier League release notes that England’s top flight will be aggregating data and expertise from all the leagues currently using VAR in their competitions before adopting a system of its own.
The World Cup will use VAR this summer in its highest profile debut yet.
The Clubs agreed that advanced testing will continue to the end of season 2018/19 to make further improvements to the system, especially around communication inside the stadium and for those following at home and around the world.
It all makes sense, though it will bring little relief to clubs who see their fates rise and fall with referees’ whistles and lack thereof. Then again, that’s how it’s been forever, so we’ll be happy to note the wisdom of getting it right.