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AUTOMATED OFFSIDE: New technology mooted for 2022 World Cup

 

FIFA could be looking to implement automated offside decisions in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger spoke of the desire for technology to take control and have automated offside decisions take over.

The new system would use the video assistant referee (VAR) who would be notified of an offside decision and then informing the on-field official.

Wenger believes the current system is the main reason offside decisions need to be automated.

"I have many ideas and of course we have to check them and to experiment (with) them and then to come to conclusions," Wenger said. "One of them is to change a little bit the offside rule.

"In case of uncertainty, the referee (traditionally) gives the benefit of the doubt to the striker.

"With VAR, the benefit of the doubt disappears. The precision of the VAR always goes a little bit against the striker. We’ve seen many frustrating situations because of that."

Wenger expressed his belief that, while football is the most popular sport on the planet, he thinks they shouldn't stand still.

He believes the technology will be ready for the Qatar World Cup in 2022.

"The automated offside I think will be ready for 2022," Wenger told FIFA's Living Football television show.

"Automated means it goes directly from the signal to the linesman. The linesman has on his watch a red light that tells him offside or not offside."

 


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