You may wonder why it seems the whole world has started the use of Video Assistant Referees (VAR) but the Scottish League has not. Well, we finally have the VAR introduced in the Scottish League. This is starting after about three years of planning, development, and testing. The introduction is usually to assist referees officiating the match with some things they may not be able to see on the field.

The news is a mixed feeling as some players and coaches believe that it kills the excitement of the game one way or the other. Some, on the other hand, are happy that mistakes will now be avoided in games. This gives a great feeling as betting on games is now more unpredictable. However, betting platforms like have the interests of their customers at heart and just make the whole process interesting for them.

All You Need to Know About VAR in Scotland Premiership

VAR made its debut in the match between Hibernian and St Johnstone and made a great decision to award a goal. Ange Postecoglou says he is the least excited about its introduction anyway, and there is yet another comment that VAR is only to help when the referees miss anything, and that he hopes referees do not miss anything in major games.

It is getting interesting already, but some fans still do not know the details of its use in the Premiership. It is not too late to catch up. The explanation in the next paragraph will give you all you need to know about it.

VAR in the CinchPemiership, as it is popularly known, is going to assist referees in four match-changing situations or criteria.

Criteria 1: Straight Red Card

VAR can only assist the referees to check again for any mistake only in the case of a straight red card, not for yellow cards, and not even for second yellow cards.

Criteria 2: Penalty Decisions

This is to assist the referee to be sure a penalty is duly awarded or rightly not awarded. This includes play in the immediate lead up to the award of a penalty.

Criteria 3: Goals

VAR assists the referee to decide whether a goal should be awarded or not. This also includes play in the link-up to such goal decisions.

Criteria 4: Mistaken Identity

In case a referee makes a mistake or is unsure about cautioning or sending off a wrong player, VAR comes to the rescue informing the referee of the mistake and then the right player is cautioned or sent off.

Asides from all the criteria mentioned above, VAR will not be involved, unless in cases where a yellow card should have been a red card. However, VAR can only recommend actions for an infield referee who will still make the final decisions