THE Premier League will not be using VAR to examine the position of goalkeepers at penalties next season.
Fifa introduced a raft of law changes before the start of the Women’s World Cup – and the one causing most controversy is over spot-kicks.
During the tournament in France, video referees have been ordering missed penalties to be retaken if they spot the goalkeeper has taken a step off the line.
Referees have been ordered to get tough enforcing the new regulation which insists the keeper has to be on the goalline when the penalty is taken.
Scotland fell foul of the new purge last night, allowing Argentina to score a re-taken spot kick in stoppage time to earn a 3-3 draw which dumped Shelley Kerr’s side out of the competition.
VAR will be used in the Premier League for the first time next season, leading to fears the game in England will be blighted by yet more interference in the flow of the game.
But according to The Times, officials from the the Professional Games Match Officials Limited have decided they should not follow the Fifa line on the use of technology.
Though the actual law remains the same, in that a keeper must have at least one foot in contact with the goalline when the kick is taken, how it is implemented can differ to the extent of whether VAR can be used.
So while the World Cup is using technology to examine every single penalty to see if there is any wrongdoing by a keeper, not every league has to follow suit.
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And the PGMOL have decided the technology will only be involved in penalties to determine if a player has double-hit the ball, if the taker feigns at the point of impact or if there is any encroachment that has a direct impact on the outcome of the spot-kick.
Ref bosses are keen to avoid a series of lengthy delays which would mean every single penalty is scrutinised after it has been taken, delaying the flow of matches.