There has been a VAR call in every Premier League match during the first three rounds of fixtures at the start of this campaign, according to UREF.
The use of technology came under scrutiny during its first season in use and it is certainly having an impact in matches. 11 of the 28 VAR calls have seen decisions overturned, which is just shy of 40%.
However, it must be emphasised that this doesn’t necessarily show that on-field referees are making a lot of bad decisions. It is the interpretation of certain rules, particularly handball. which has led to more penalties being rewarded off the back of VAR calls. This has likely led to such a high number of decisions being overturned.
One very odd quirk from the opening three matches is the fact that VAR calls have been favouring the visiting team rather than the home side. 19 of the 28 VAR calls, which is just over two thirds, have gone with the away team. Whether that will balance out over the course of the season, we shall have to wait and see.