Rating the efficacy of VAR in the English Premier League in 2019/2020, by region

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, rating how successful video assistant referee (VAR) technology has worked so far in the 2019-2020 season, where zero indicates a complete failure and ten indicates that it has worked perfectly. Responses have subsequently been categorized by region. Four percent of panelists from Scotland responded with a rating of two. Conversely, 20 percent of panelists in the East Midlands responded as such.

Rating the efficacy of Video Assistant Referees (VAR) within the English Premier League during the 2019/2020 season, by region

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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: "Thinking about the use of VAR in the English Premier League so far in the 2019-2020 season...If you were to give VAR a mark from 0 to 10 on how well or badly it's worked so far, with 0 being a complete failure and 10 being that it has worked perfectly, what mark would you give?"

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