Confirmed: When Celtic and SPFL clubs will vote on VAR introduction

By David Walton

April 4, 2022

The SPFL has confirmed that a vote on the introduction of VAR into Scottish football will take place on April 9th.

The league body has today announced the date on which all 42 member clubs will vote on bringing video technology into Scottish football.

It’s been stated that 75% of Scottish Premiership clubs will need to be in favour in order for it to pass. The same goes for the Championship, as well as Leagues One and Two combined.

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If the resolution is passed, then the SPFL has stated that the implementation date will be after the World Cup in Qatar at the end of the year.

That effectively means that clubs could play the first half of the campaign without VAR and the second half with it in place.

The system would only come into effect in the Scottish Premiership too. The Scottish Championship as well as Leagues One and Two will still operate as is.

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VAR looks all but set to come to Scottish football

There have been constant debates over the implementation of VAR ever throughout the campaign.

Ever since it’s started becoming utilised by other European leagues, there’s been a demand to bring it to Scotland.

Granted, there will be those who question whether it improves or hinders the game. There’s certainly an emotional aspect attached to it potentially ruining goal celebrations or slowing the game down. But if it helps to get decisions right, that will be seen as the main thing.

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In addition to that, VAR is a representation of modern football in 2022. Not having it in our league degrades the competition, even if it does contain a rawness that we take pride in without it.

It would be a huge surprise to see this resolution fail. There appears to be a huge appetite to bring the system into Scottish football. It’s been reported in the past that VAR will cost Scottish clubs as much as £100k-per-year [Daily Mail].

Hopefully, if it does go through, it ends a lot of the tiring debates that have occurred this season.

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