Preferences of on the future use of VAR in the English Premier League, by gender

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 future use of VAR within Premier League football matches.
Although the majority of respondents indicated that VAR should continue to be used within the English Premier League, 77 percent of male respondents and 66 percent of female respondents indicated that the way in which it is used should be changed. The share of female respondents that indicated that it should continue being used without any changes was significantly higher than the share of male respondents with this preference.

Preferences of British adults on the future use of Video Assistant Referees (VAR) in the English Premier League, by gender

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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: "What would be your preference on the future use of VAR in Premier League football matches?"

Gender distribution of sample size: 1003 male; 416 female.

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