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League Cup games hosted by EPL clubs to use VAR next season

June 8, 2018

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 file photo, the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) is seen ahead of the English League Cup semifinal first leg soccer match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge stadium in London. All English League Cup games hosted by Premier League clubs will use VAR (video assistant referee) during the 2018-19 season. Extra time will also be scrapped in next season’s competition up until the final, the English Football League revealed on Friday, June 8. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, file)

LONDON (AP) — All English League Cup games hosted by Premier League clubs during the 2018-19 season will use video assistant referee.

Extra time will also be scrapped until the final of next season’s competition, the English Football League revealed on Friday.

The VAR system, which will be used at the World Cup in Russia, was trialed in one of the recent semifinals between Chelsea and Arsenal, and in the final when the Gunners faced Manchester City.

English clubs voted for the removal of the 30 minutes of extra time that was previously played if the scores were level after 90 minutes.

It is hoped the adjustment will reduce “additional fatigue issues,” with matches going straight to a penalty shootout, although extra time will be played in the final at Wembley if necessary.

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