Fifteen of the 22 MLS clubs will gain exposure to VARs during these preseason competitions. CLICK HERE for a list of preseason matches that will incorporate live, in-game VAR testing.
VAR made its in-game testing debut in MLS on Friday, February 3, when the process was used during a preseason match between Real Salt Lake and the San Jose Earthquakes to confirm a penalty kick in the 88th minute (WATCH).
In addition to the in-game tests during preseason, offline testing, with no impact on the game, will take place at all 22 MLS venues during MLS regular season matches from March through August with the goal of incorporating video review into MLS matches following the 2017 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target.
“These additional tests during preseason, as well as the offline tests during the beginning of the MLS regular season, will enable us to refine the experiment protocols and procedures prior to implementation in league matches,” said Executive Vice President of Competition and Player Relations, Todd Durbin.
“During this preseason phase of testing, PRO will be keen on identifying consistent decision-making and fine-tuning referee-to-VAR communications,” said Peter Walton, PRO General Manager. “These valuable trainings will provide real-time review opportunities and will serve as a stepping stone for in-game testing during the MLS regular season.”
The IFAB hopes to make a decision about the VAR experiment in 2018, or in 2019 at the latest.