‘The plan for now is to use it from next season’: UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin confirms VAR will be used in the Champions League next year
- UEFA plan to use video assistant referees (VAR) in the Champions League
- The video technology is unlikely to be used in this year’s competition
- Aleksander Ceferin confirmed the plan to use it in the near future in Europe
UEFA plans to use video assistant referees (VARs) in the Champions League from next season but is unlikely to use the technology this term, even in the final, its president Aleksander Ceferin said on Friday.
European football’s governing body has so far resisted implementation of the VAR system, which allows key incidents to be reviewed with the use of video replays and was used at the World Cup in Russia this year.
Ceferin said the intention was that VAR would be introduced next season from the final qualifying round onwards and also in the annual Super Cup match between the Champions League and Europa League winners.
UEFA are planning to use video assistant referees (VAR) in the Champions League next season
The technology is unlikely to be used in this year’s competition starting with the Super Cup
It would then be used in all group stage and knockout stage matches.
‘The plan for now is to use it from next season… with the first match of next season which is the Super Cup,’ he told reporters. ‘VAR is not completely clear for now… but we also know there is no way back any more.
‘It is much more problematic than it looks. We really have a huge territory. The plan is to do it for next season but let’s see what happens. I don’t want to predict anything 100 per cent.’
On this season’s final, he said: ‘I’m not ruling it out but for now, it doesn’t look like it will happen.’
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin confirmed the plan to use it in the near future in Europe