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Is VAR used at Euro and how will it be different from Premier League?

The VAR will make its European Championship debut this summer after a mixed reaction to this in national football.

The video assistant referee system worked well during the 2018 World Cup, not taking the spotlight in the tournament, but still overriding several decisions when needed to create dramatic moments.

VAR to make European Championship debut this summer

Unfortunately, the introduction of VAR to the Premier League has been much less successful, drawing a lot of criticism almost every week.

From now on, the technology will be on display for the first time at the Euros with the flagship competition starting this week.

VAR at Euro 2020

As in the Premier League, the VAR will be used at the Euro to make judgments on key incidents in matches such as penalties, goals and red cards.

Remote officials will be based at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, and will have direct communication with the match referee and officials for any given match.

UEFA has set up two venues in Nyon to review the action, meaning that different matches played at the same time will always get the full attention.

Each match will have a VAR referee despite the use of multiple cities and stadiums in the tournament.

There will also be a VAR assistant referee and an offside video referee who will focus on specific incidents.

Referees on the field will have sideline monitors and will be encouraged to use them as much as possible when VAR kicks in.

Is VAR used at Euro and how will it be different from Premier League?
VAR has been heavily criticized throughout the 2020/21 Premier League season

Here are the officials who will make the decisions:

VAR officials at Euro 2020

  • Félix Brych (Germany)
  • Cuneyt Cakır (Turkey)
  • Carlos Del Cerro Grande (Spain)
  • Andreas Ekberg (Sweden)
  • Orel Grinfeeld (Israel)
  • Ovidiu Alin Hategan (Romania)
  • Sergei Karasev (Russia)
  • Istvan Kovacs (Romania)
  • Bjorn Kuipers (Netherlands)
  • Danny Makkelie (Netherlands)
  • Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz (Spain)
  • Michael Oliver (England)
  • Daniele Orsato (Italy)
  • Artur Manuel Ribeiro Soares Dias (Portugal)
  • Daniel Siebert (Germany)
  • Anthony Taylor (England)
  • Clement Turpin (France)
  • Slavko Vincic (Slovenia)


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