Sky Sports and BT Sport have both used the lines during their live coverage when VAR decisions are being made but this has led to widespread anger due to many marginal decisions.
The Premier League opted to show the lines being drawn by the VAR at Stockley Park to offer clarity and show armchair viewers why goals were being ruled offside.
While some will have hoped for more leeway in the decisions and less marginal calls, that is unlikely to occur – and instead fans could no longer see the markings when the decisions are being made.
Europe’s other big leagues also use the lines to help a verdict on offside calls but, crucially, they are not offered to broadcasters to televise and, as a result, there is less uproar around the calls.
While the Premier League is yet to make a final decision on whether to use the lines again next season, the choice could be taken out of their hands as FIFA is taking overall control of VAR and English football could have to fall in line with world football’s governing body.
As FIFA do not show the lines during the decision making process, the Premier League may be unable to continue in the same fashion that they did last season – which was the first time VAR has been used in the Premier League.
The Professional Game Match Officials Ltd (PGMOL) now believes FIFA, led by Pierluigi Collina, the head of the referees committee, will apply very strict rules on offside with no flexibility.
However, referees are more likely to be able to go over and consult their pitch side monitors on controversial decisions having been dissuaded from doing so by PGMOL boss Mike Riley other than on red card decisions.