VAR technology will be introduced to Scottish football’s top flight next season after plans were endorsed by clubs.
Video technology will be installed at all Premiership pitches in the coming months and is expected to be available to assist referees after the World Cup in December.
Scottish Professional Football League chief executive Neil Doncaster said: “I am very pleased to have received the 75 per cent of the required votes in the Cinch Premiership, Cinch Championship and Cinch Leagues One and Two, which enables us to continue Go ahead with VAR technology. Next season.”
SPFL clubs have today voted at their General Assembly to approve the introduction of VAR technology in @cinchuk Premiership matches next season.— SPFL (@spfl) April 19, 2022
The estimated £1.2m annual cost of the system will be covered solely by the 12 Premiership clubs, with each paying a proportion of their end-of-season payments.
The champions will pay around £195,000 per season with the bottom club contributing around £67,000.
Doncaster added: “The SPFL decided not to be an early adopter of VAR technology to give the leagues that have adopted VAR time to work out the teething problems.
“I believe this was the correct decision and that VAR will help referees to ensure that tight decisions are more often the correct ones and support a higher and more consistent level of decision making.
“Scottish referees fully agree with this innovation and have provided overwhelming support for the introduction of VAR during our consultation process with our partners in the Scottish FA.”
SFA Chief Executive Ian Maxwell added: “Throughout the consultation process, we were encouraged that clubs, players, coaches and referees supported the principle of VAR.
“The benefits of VAR are clear and with the commitment of the Scottish FA, SPFL and now the approval of all 42 league member clubs, we can now look forward to continuing the implementation process with a view to making VAR a key part of the process. of Scottish football. future.”
The SPFL will use the Hawkeye Innovations System, which is used in the English Premier League, among other leagues.
The system will also be in use for next season’s Premier Sports Cup semi-finals and final in January and February 2023 with “further discussions planned on its use during earlier rounds in future seasons”.
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