UEFA are reportedly set to introduce VAR from the quarter-final stage onwards of this season’s Champions League after being impressed by how the system performed at the World Cup.
Bundesliga and Serie A introduced VAR ahead of the 2017/18 campaign, with FIFA then following suit in using it at the World Cup in Russia.
Whilst its implementation was dreaded by some football fans, many felt after seeing it in action that it had indeed improved the standard of referee at the tournament.
According to FIFA data, VAR reviews took an average of 55.6 seconds to be completed, while reviews on the field took slightly longer, with an average of 86.5 seconds.
Following the success, UEFA’s club competitions committee is seemingly set to recommend the implementation of the system from the quarter-final stage onwards, with a final decision due to be reached by the end of September.
A major concern with using VAR in the Champions League had been the difficulty in implementing it during the group stage, when eight games are played on the same night and when some grounds may lack the facilities needed to install the system.
However, the latest proposal avoids any such problems and ensures that referees will have support in the most high-profile games of the competition.