The Scottish FA welcomes the decision from the International Football Association Board (IFAB) to introduce Video Assistant Referees (VAR) to the laws of the game, following the 132nd Annual General Meeting.

Our position on VAR has been clear and consistent – just as it has been on goal-line technology.

We are open to any technology that would help deliver as a matter of fact.

Over the course of this IFAB-approved extensive study, VAR has been proven to aid match officials in the decision-making process.

It is something we would be happy to embrace and support if there was a widespread appetite from our member clubs to do so and if it proved affordable to implement.

That is something we will look to discuss with the key stakeholders in our domestic game, through the Professional Game Board (PGB) in the first instance.

Our decision to vote in favour of VAR was not taken lightly, but after lengthy research are confident it is a move that is in the best interests of the game.

Alan McRae

Alan McRae, President, Scottish FA

“As a founding member of IFAB, we support the decision to endorse VAR and are proud to have played our part in a move that we feel is a significant step for football.

“The challenge now is to establish if and how we should look to accommodate it within the Scottish game.

“There must now be a wider conversation between those of us at the Scottish FA, the SPFL and member clubs, which take into account any financial outlay and modifications to existing facilities that would have to be made before we can make a call on VAR’s current suitability for the game in this country.” 

John Fleming

John Fleming, Head of Referee Operations, Scottish FA

“Having been involved in many discussions over the past three seasons, I am totally in favour of this momentous decision by IFAB regarding the implementation of VAR into the world of football.

“It is now up to member associations and respective competition organisers within football to decide whether they wish to apply to IFAB and introduce that technology into their competitions.

“It was a brave decision from IFAB on the back of a two-year experiment throughout 30 countries that was heavily analysed.

“The evidence presented by Belgian university KU Leuven was overwhelmingly positive and any negative incidents identified in the experiments can be rectified going forward with intensive coaching and education for match officials.”

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