The Scottish Premiership revealed that they will introduce VAR from the middle of next season. Despite its implementation in the top flight alone, 41 of the 42 clubs voted in favor of the proposal. the technology is set to be implemented after the Qatar World Cup with the Premiership clubs bearing the £1.2m per season cost. The Scottish Cup will also have VAR for the semi-finals and finals.
“The SPFL chose not to be an early adopter of VAR technology to allow time for teething issues to be ironed out by those leagues who adopted VAR early,,” Scottish Premiership chief executive, Neil Doncaster said. “I believe this was the right decision and that VAR will help referees to ensure tight decisions are more often the right ones and will support a higher standard and more consistent level of decision-making. Scottish referees are fully on-board with this innovation and have been overwhelmingly supportive of the introduction of VAR during our consultation process with our partners at the Scottish FA.”
“Throughout the consultation process we were encouraged that the principle of VAR was supported by clubs, players, coaches, and match officials,” Scottish FA chief executive Ian Maxwell said. “The benefits of VAR are clear and with the commitment of the Scottish FA, SPFL and now the approval of the league’s 42 member clubs, we can now look forward to continuing the implementation process with a view to VAR being a key part of Scottish football’s future.”
“We’ve been doing our training, and since December, we are actually slightly ahead of where we thought we would be,” Scottish FA’s head of refereeing operations Crawford Allan said. “In terms of key decision-making, referees get on average 92 or 93 percent of the key decisions correct and it’s been proven that VAR takes that up to 99 percent.”