Video Assistant Referee system set to enter the Super League next season
The video assistant referee (VAR) system looks to be coming to the Super League in Greece. Following a meeting on Thursday, information emerged suggesting that video replays will be introduced into the top level of Greek football starting from next season.
Over the past year, the VAR system has slowly become more prominent in different football leagues around the globe, with countries such as France and England testing the technology in their respective cup competitions. However, Greece appear ready to immediately put VAR in place in the Super League for the 2018/2019 campaign.
On Thursday, a meeting was held between Digital Policy Minister Nikos Pappas, Deputy Greek Sports Minister George Vasileiadis and Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) President Evangelos Grammenos, where they discussed the possibility of bringing VAR into the Super League. During the event, all three parties agreed that video technology should make a debut in Greek football next season.
There were concerns considering the cost of implementing VAR, but they seem to have vanished. Nikos Pappas confirmed that the Digital Policy will cover costs which are expected to rise to nine million euros in a five-year period. Pappas’ idea to take care of VAR expenses was agreed upon by the Public Investment Policy, meaning that the Hellenic Football Federation won’t have to dig into its pockets to help fund the project.
Nevertheless, the EPO and FIFA will train referees to use this technology when taking charge of Super League matches. According to reports from Greek media, refereeing training is scheduled for the summer ahead of the 2018/2019 season. The main goal of introducing VAR into Greek football is to eliminate mistakes made by referees in matches and to give them extra assistance.