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Is it time to say goodbye to VAR in the Premier League?

VAR is supposed to be in the game to help officials who miss big calls on the pitch and to make the game better. It hasn’t worked out that way in the Premier League and it continues to make fans, players and coaches confused and frustrated.

With another dubious decision in Premier League at the London Stadium last weekend, is it time to say goodbye to VAR?

Ollie Watkins was offside (even though being fouled) or his arm was and the goal was dissalowed.

With a growing number of suspect officiating calls in the past weeks, goals are being ruled out with flailing arms, long toes and penalties (or not given) given for slight touches and innocuous challenges. 

Now, football is about goals. Fans of football talk about goals. If games did not have goals then we would not be watching or playing the great game of football. We are currently talking about how goals are not scored and if only your main striker didn’t run as he did, he wouldn’t have been offside. 

VAR is in the game to benefit the game not create new rules of how football should be played or goals scored. 

Football needs VAR in the game to look at major decisions that were missed by the on-field referee and then the on-field referee to make the final decision, not the VAR officials in Stockley Park

VAR and the offside rule

The official offside rule on the FA website states you are offside if: 

any part of the head, body or feet is in the opponents’ half (excluding the halfway line) and

  • any part of the head, body or feet is nearer to the opponents’ goal line than both the ball and the second-last opponent

And you are not offside if: 

“The hands and arms of all players, including the goalkeepers, are not considered.

A player is not in an offside position if level with the:

  • second-last opponent or
  • last two opponents”

The VAR and the rules need to continue to adapt to the game or should the Premier League get rid of it completely? As long as the suspect and dubious decisions keep happening, then the pundits and media will keep talking about it. 

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