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Arsenal game confirmed to be used as test for VAR, implementation date revealed



It is now confirmed that Arsenal is one of the six teams whose games will be used to test the efficiency of the Video Assistant Referee, VAR.

Arsenal’s League Cup encounter against Brentford has been mentioned to be used by the English officials for the trial of the system.

Other games that would be used as major test include Manchester United vs Derby and Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Leicester City on Tuesday 25th, as West Ham vs Macclesfield Town and Liverpool vs Chelsea on Wednesday 26th.

The game between Everton and Southampton will also have the VAR officiating despite being postponed to October 2nd due to a fixture clash.

The VAR will be generally used in all games played in the entire competitions in England, including the FA and the Premier League should it be successful in the trial games.

The VAR was very successful at the just concluded 2018 Russia World Cup in July and seems to be becoming a generally acceptable means of improving officiating in the entire Europe.

However, all the errors, offside goals and unnoticed blatant red cards would be checked as soon as it is in place.

It is, however, not clear if it would be used this season but should the trial be successful, it is expected to be in full implantation by coming season.