GRAHAM Scott, the only Premier League referee affiliated to the Berks & Bucks FA, was guest speaker at the January meeting of the Reading Referees Association, writes Dick Sawdon-Smith.

He talked about this season’s Premier League introduction of VAR, explaining how it worked.

He first showed slides of the conditions at Stockley Park, West London, where all VARs are located rather than at individual grounds.

There are three members to each game, a VAR, an assistant VAR (AVAR) and a replay operator.

He said Premier League referees had decided not to bother to look at the pitch-side monitor.

A waste of time he felt to walk over to it, only to see what he had been told in his ear pierce by the VAR.

He then illustrated it with details of matches where he had been personally involved.

What was particularly interesting was how the lines are drawn on the screen to monitor offside.

Offside he said, is offside, even if it is only by a few centimetres.

It is fair to say not all of the large attendance of members were any more convinced by their correctness than many Premier League managers, but otherwise it was an illuminating evening.

Reading Referees Association meet every month during the football season, with a variety of speakers and training sessions.

The next meeting is on Thursday, February 20, when the speaker will be FA Tutor, Steve Worsley, with videos of some odd decisions.

However, knowing what should have been done will need a complete knowledge of the Laws of the Game.

Full details of meetings venues are online at