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Influence of VAR on the enjoyment of English Premier League in 2020, by age

At the beginning of the 2019-2020 season, the English Premier League introduced Video Assistant Referees (commonly known as VAR) to all matches. This statistic shows the results of a representative survey of the British Public in relation to the English Premier League, presenting the opinions of British adults, who watch the Premier League very or fairly frequently, on the Influence of VAR on the enjoyment of English Premier League football matches in 2020.
There is no substantial variations between the opinion distributions of each age group. As such, within all age groups, the greatest share of respondents indicated that Premier League matches have become less enjoyable to watch since VAR was introduced. The age group with the smallest share of respondents indicating that VAR made Premier League matches less enjoyable was the 25-34 year old respondents, where only 42 percent of them responded as such, compared to 42 of 18-24 year old respondents.

Influence of Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology on the enjoyment of English Premier League football matches in 2020, by age group

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Release date

February 2020


United Kingdom (Great Britain)

Survey time period

15th - 22nd January 2020

Number of respondents

1,419 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

All GB adults who watch Premier League football matches very or fairly frequently

Method of interview

Online Access Panel

Supplementary notes

Question asked: "Overall, how much more or less enjoyable has VAR made watching Premier League football matches, or has it made no difference?"

Age distribution of sample - 18-24: 142; 25-34: 233; 35-44: 263; 45-54: 255; and 55+: 525

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