The World Cup
by Tony Attwood
In November 2018, the Premier League clubs voted unanimously to introduce VAR in season 2019/20, pending testing. The testing was said to be fine and thus we are now in its third season.
And to help us see what impact this has had Sussex Express have very kindly published a list of gains and losses as a result of VAR rulings which we have taken and turned into a league table.
Their figures don’t actually tell us what the league would look like without VAR, just the points gained or lost by clubs because of VAR. So we’ve tried to fill in the gap by comparing what the table would look like without VAR and what it actually looks like now. In short, who wins, and who loses.
The key column is the final one on the rest which shows how much higher or lower a club is in the league because of goals allowed or disallowed by VAR. For Arsenal overall, VAR has made no difference. Without it we would have been top. Tottenham have dropped a place because of VAR – without it they would have been third.
The biggest winners are Liverpool who have risen three places through gaining no less than four VAR added points (one would expect nothing less from a side that has so few fouls called against it) and Fulham, also up three places. Those who suffer the most are Brentford and Aston Villa who have slipped three places because of VAR.
What the figures do show is that come the end of the season it is quite likely that one team will be relegated from the league because of points lost through a VAR decision which has turned a win into a draw.
|Team||No VAR Pts||Pos without var||actual Pts||Pts Gain / loss through var||Place change through VAR|
|16||West Ham United||15||16||14||-1||-1|
Here for the sake of comparison is the actual league table before the world cupy thing took over
|7||Brighton and Hove Albion||14||6||3||5||23||19||4||21|
|16||West Ham United||15||4||2||9||12||17||-5||14|
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