World Cup 2022: VAR to be used in qualifiers in Europe from next month

VAR will be implemented on site at the stadium unlike in the Euros where video assistant referees were based in Switzerland; England face Hungary, Poland and Andorra in three World Cup qualifiers in September

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Image: Use of VAR throughout Euro 2020 received widespread praise.

Video assistant referees will be used in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in Europe, starting from next month.

The light-touch use of VAR at Euro 2020 was widely praised, and UEFA will hope those standards are maintained in the qualifiers for Qatar, with the group stages concluding in November.

Unlike the Euros, where the VARs were based away from the matches at UEFA's Nyon headquarters in Switzerland, the technology will be implemented on site at the stadium hosting each qualifier.

UEFA had hoped to introduce VAR into its national team qualifying competitions sooner but the logistical difficulties caused by the coronavirus pandemic forced it to delay.

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England will play three qualifiers in next month's international break, away to Hungary and Poland on September 2 and 8 respectively and at home to Andorra on September 5.

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