It may have caught some fans by surprise given how quickly it seems to have come around, but the new English football season will kick off at Wembley on Saturday when Arsenal face Liverpool in the Community Shield.
The fact that the match is coming less than a week on from the previous season's Champions League final needs no explanation by now, but what does is perhaps the idea that there will be some new rules in place around VAR.
After the Premier League agreed that VAR would stay in the division at their annual general meeting earlier this month, it was decided that it would be run in line with FIFA protocol in 2020/21.
This means that the use of it will be slightly different in the Premier League from its debut last season, but how different?
Here are the five key things to look out for:
Referees going to the pitch-side monitor
Perhaps the biggest and most welcome change will see referees encouraged to use the pitch-side monitors more often instead of relying on a voice from Stockley Park, something that we did start to see creeping in towards the end of last season.
Referee Chris Kavanagh was seen using the monitor when he decided to send off Arsenal's Eddie Nketiah against Leicester shortly after the Premier League's restart, and the monitors will be used to allow referees to scrutinise red cards, goals and penalties more often.
TV coverage could make offsides less controversial
Although the offside law won't change, the decision to allow fans to see the process of how the VAR comes to a decision is set to be altered.
Last season fans were able to see lines being drawn onto the screen as the most marginal calls were dissected, but that is set to stop in the hope that it will result in less uproar around certain decisions.
The lines will still be drawn, and could potentially be broadcast later to back up a decision, but they are not set to be seen in real time.
Keeping the flag down
In another change that will bring the Premier League in line with competitions across Europe, assistant referees are being asked not to raise their flag for offside during goalscoring opportunities until the passage of play has ended.
If they suspect that there is an offside then they can raise their flag, and then VAR will also check that if a goal is scored when the flag is raised.
Goalkeepers will be watched carefully at penalties
This is the one that has the potential to annoy a lot of people.
Unlike last season, it will now be the VAR's job to monitor whether or not goalkeepers stray off their line when facing penalties, with one of their feet needed to be planted on the line when the ball is struck.
If the keeper saves the spot-kick having moved off their line then it will be retaken, but if anything else occurs – a goal, missing the target or hitting the post directly – then the original kick stands.
Encroachment only matters if you end up with the ball
VAR will also be keeping an eye on players encroaching into the penalty area on spot-kicks, but they will only order a retake depending on what the encroaching player does.
If an attacking or defending player who is judged to be inside the penalty area when the kick is taken then impacts the play from the rebound – i.e. scores or clears the ball – then they will be penalised.
Either the goal scored from the rebound will be disallowed by VAR, or the penalty will be retaken if the defender at fault has cleared the ball.
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