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UEFA Champions League to officially adopt VAR by 2019


The UEFA Champions League will be embracing the Video Assistant Referee inorder to equip the technical crew with an AI in the next football season

The UEFA  board has finally agreed and announced the use of a Video assistant Referee in officiating the Champions League. The new development which is to take effect in the upcoming 2019/2020 football season was inspired by the just concluded Worldcup that held in the space of june 14 to July 15. The technology will also be used in the Europa League starting in 2020 and in the 2019 Super Cup, at Euro 2020 and at the 2021 finals of the Nations League.

VAR allows referees to take a look at key moments in order to review their decisions. It debuted at the World Cup this year after almos t a decade of consideration. While American football has been using the technology for years, it’s taken much longer to for video assistant referees to make its way to soccer (or football, as it is known everywhere except the US).

“We are confident that introducing Video Assistant Referees in August 2019 will give us enough time to put in place a robust system and to train match officials to ensure an efficient and successful implementation of VAR in the UEFA Champions League, the world’s flagship club competition,” UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin said in a statement. The new development is aimed at a more transparent officiating of football matches, seeing a need for a more technical adjustment.

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