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Video refs could be used as early as August with EFL Cup set to introduce technology

Date Posted,March 29, 2017

The EFL Cup could feature video assistant referees as early as August.

The Football Association has indicated VARs could be trialled in next season’s FA Cup from the third round onwards, after the Premier League teams join the competition.

But a trial could be approved by the EFL board meaning VARs are used in the EFL Cup from the first round next season.

EFL chief executive Shaun Harvey said on Wednesday: “As part of a trial the board will consider allowing the EFL Cup to be utilised.

“There are a number of rounds of the EFL Cup prior to that (the FA Cup third round).

Referees could use video technology in the early rounds of the competition (Photo: Pro Sports Images Ltd.)
Southampton had a goal wrongly ruled out in this year’s EFL Cup final (Photo: Action Images via Reuters)

“Theoretically it could happen from the first round of the EFL Cup, which would be a team no higher than the Championship down to League Two.”

VARs are currently being trialled, with FIFA president Gianni Infantino keen to employ the system during the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The video official in Tuesday night’s friendly between France and Spain corrected two wrong decisions – disallowing an offside effort by Antoine Griezmann and awarding a goal for Gerard Deulofeu after an incorrect offside flag. Spain won 2-0 in Paris.

Approval for VARs to be employed in the EFL Cup could come as soon as May.

Referee Felix Zwayer awards a goal after deliberation with the video referee (Photo: Getty)
Two big decisions were decided by the video referee on Tuesday night (Photo: Getty)

There is likely to be a longer wait before VARs can be utilised in the Championship, League One and League Two, due to the lack of cameras currently available across stadia.

Although some stadia will have the capacity to utilise VARs in the league, the EFL believe it is important for the same facilities to be available throughout.

Goal line technology is likely to come into the Championship for the first time next season.

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