Which FA Cup quarter-finals have VAR and when will it be introduced in the Premier League?

Eight teams battle it out and VAR is back in action in the competition ready to give opinion on controversial incidents.

What matches will have VAR in the FA Cup quarter-finals?

Two of the four games will have VAR at them over the weekend.

The two games are:

  • Watford vs Crystal Palace
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Manchester United

It will be the first time both Vicarage Road but Molineux also had VAR for their FA Cup third round win over Liverpool.

Who will referee the quarter-final games?


Watford v Crystal Palace – KO 12.15pm
12.15pm, Saturday 16 March 2019
Referee: Kevin Friend
Assistant Referees: Matthew Wilkes & Daniel Robathan
Fourth Official: Graham Scott
VAR: Craig Pawson
AVAR: Harry Lennard

Swansea City v Manchester City – KO 5.20pm
Referee: Andre Marriner
Assistant Referees: Stuart Burt & Marc Perry
Fourth Official: Simon Hooper

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester United – KO 7.55pm 
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Assistant Referees: Stephen Child & Constantine Hatzidakis
Fourth Official: Roger East
VAR: Christopher Kavanagh
AVAR: Derek Eaton

Millwall v Brighton & Hove Albion – KO 2pm
Referee: Christopher Kavanagh
Assistant Referees: Dan Cook & Sian Massey-Ellis
Fourth Official: Kevin Friend

What decisions is VAR used for?

THE video assistant referee can be called upon for four key on-field incidents. 

These are:

  • Awarding goals
  • Penalty decisions
  • Red card decisions
  • Cases of mistaken identity

How does VAR work?

THE video assistant referee will liaise with the on-pitch referee to relay information on calls.

The video assistant referee – a top official who will be based at Stockley Park for the matches – has access to every camera angle and goal-line technology cameras.

The VAR also has an assistant watching the game with them.

Will VAR be used in the Premier League?

The Premier League clubs voted against its introduction at the start of the season – but it was trialled during 15 matches recently.

No decisions were allowed to be made in those games, with only the system's effectiveness of making calls for multiple matches at once.

And the system will be introduced in next season's competition.

The system had great success at the World Cup in the summer, while it has also been used across Europe, including in Bundesliga and La Liga.

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