Where is the Premier League's VAR hub?

The Premier League's VAR hub at Stockley Park
(Image credit: PA)

The Premier League's VAR hub is based in one location.

It involves a VAR, an assistant VAR and a replay operator closely monitoring the match, intervening only for ‘clear and obvious errors’ and ‘serious missed incidents’ falling into the aforementioned categories.

These referees are made up of existing officials who the on-field referee asks for clarification on decisions as games go on.

Where is the Premier League's VAR hub?

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VAR's hub is at Stockley Park (Image credit: Getty Images)

Since the introduction of video assistant referees to the Premier League in 2019, they have been operating from Stockley Park, a business estate in west London.

The VAR system was designed to support the on-pitch referee to reach the right decision with regard to key incidents concerning red cards, goals, penalties and cases of mistaken identity.

Players surround referee Stuart Attwell as VAR checks the Newcastle United goal during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal FC at St. James Park on November 4, 2023 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

VAR is often criticised by Premier League managers and fans (Image credit: Alex Dodd - CameraSport via Getty Images)

Many managers had long advocated for the introduction of VAR to ensure that major, game-changing decisions were made correctly, but it hasn’t been without controversy.

There have been complaints about the length of time taken to reach a decision, the use of VAR interrupting the flow of the game, and inconsistencies in its application, amongst other things.

Adjustments have been made to counteract these complaints and win over the sceptics, with an emphasis on keeping interference to a minimum.

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