VAR To Be Used At Rotherham Game

Video assistant referees (VAR) are set to be used in an Everton match for the first time when the Blues welcome Rotherham United to Goodison Park in the Carabao Cup next week. 

In total, four second round matches will feature VAR following the EFL’s commitment to trial the technology at selected fixtures throughout this season’s competition. 

Fans in the stadium will be kept abreast of in-game developments with the same notification process put in place for supporters as was used in the recent Community Shield, with video officials based remotely at Stockley Park set to assist the referee in four match-changing situations; goals, penalty decisions, the awarding of direct red cards and mistaken identity. 

The emphasis of the EFL’s experiment, part of a wider trial taking place in England, is to focus on clear and obvious errors.

In this way, the system aims to minimise any interference with the flow of the game and maximise the advantages of reviewing the video replays. 

As was the case at the recent World Cup in Russia, the EFL rules declare the original decision of the referee on the pitch can only be changed if a video review shows a clear and obvious error.

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