Champions League to use VAR in this season’s knockouts

3 December 2018 | Stadia & Major Events
Champions League to use VAR in this season’s knockouts
Decision to bring forward introduction follows extensive testing and training of technology and officials.

The video assistant referee (VAR) system will be used in this season’s UEFA Champions League for the first time, UEFA’s executive committee has announced.

Originally due to be implemented in European soccer’s top club competition from the 2019/20 season, the European governing body has decided it will be used from round 16 of the competition in February, following successful testing and better training of officials.

Additionally, it was also announced that video assistant referees will be used in 2019’s UEFA Europa League final, UEFA Nations League and during the European Under 21 Championships. 

UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin, said: “We are ready to use VAR earlier than initially planned and we are convinced that it will be beneficial for our competitions as it will provide valuable help to match officials and will allow to reduce incorrect decisions."

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