The Premier League is set to make a crucial change to VAR ahead of the upcoming 2021/22 season, according to reports. The video assistants were introduced in 2019 but has been met by fierce criticism for the last two years.
VAR was first implemented into English football in 2018 from the third round of the FA Cup but was later introduced on a permanent basis in the Premier League but a long series of questionable decisions has led to fans growing increasingly frustrated.
According to ESPN, however, changes are in the pipeline going into the new season. Marginal offside decisions have been particularly frustrating for supporters but according to the report, the Premier League will now add a tolerance level to offsides.
The change means that marginal offsides, such as ‘armpit offsides’, will be eradicated and that only if a player is clearly offside, will the VAR intercept the linesman’s original decision.
Furthermore, it is also reported that fans will no longer be shown the VAR process. Previously, supporters have been treated to watching the lines drawn out as they happen.