The Scottish FA and Scottish Professional Football League today co-hosted a “productive and positive” meeting with cinch Premiership clubs on the proposed introduction of VAR for all men’s top-tier league matches, and selected cup competition matches.
Howard Webb, the 2010 FIFA World Cup final referee who implemented VAR in the United States and is now General Manager of the Professional Referee Organisation in Major League Soccer, presented on the evolution of the technology since its inception and introduction into the Laws of the Game in 2018.
The cinch Premiership representatives were broadly supportive of the principle of VAR being introduced and conversations will continue with a view to an SPFL vote on its formal introduction.
The Scottish FA reiterated its offer of underwriting the training costs for match officials, with match costs being borne equally by cinch Premiership clubs.
Ian Maxwell, Scottish FA Chief Executive: “The meeting was really productive and Howard’s presentation was well-received: clubs were really engaged as he outlined the journey VAR had been on not just in the United States but in general.
“The Scottish FA remains fully supportive of its implementation for the benefit of the image and status of our domestic game, but also to provide support to our match officials on the domestic, European and international stages.”
Neil Doncaster, Chief Executive of the SPFL, said: “We were keen to hear the views of cinch Premiership clubs, who were overwhelmingly positive about the benefits of introducing VAR in Scottish football.
“We will now continue that dialogue and working up the detail of a formal proposal, with a view to putting forward a resolution that will enable VAR to be introduced as soon as is practicably possible in the cinch Premiership. This will not be an overnight process, bearing in mind the lengthy training and set-up that will be required. Any such proposal would ensure that none of the costs of implementing VAR in the cinch Premiership would be borne by other SPFL clubs.”