FIFA To Use Automated System To Judge Offsides In 2022 World Cup

FIFA's chief of global football development, Arsene Wenger, is pushing for the introduction of a fully automated system that will notify the assistant referee when a player is offside.

The goal of using the technology would be to provide more accurate offside calls and to reduce the time VAR spends judging offsides.

Wenger told FIFA's Living Football television show: “The automated offside I think will be ready for 2022. Automated means it goes directly from the signal to the linesman and the linesman has on his watch a red light that tells him offside or not offside.

“At the moment, we have situations where the players are on lines to see if they are offside or not. On average, the time we have to wait is around 70 seconds, sometimes one minute 20 seconds, sometimes a little bit longer when the situation is very difficult to appreciate.

“It is so important because we see many celebrations are cancelled after that for marginal situations and that's why I believe it is a very important step.  

“The semi-automated goes first to the VAR, who signals it to the linesman. I'm pushing very hard to have the automated offsides, which means straight away the signal goes to the linesman.”  

FIFA has already tested the semi-automated system at the 2019 Club World Cup. While Wenger wants offside calls to be taken out of the match officials' hands, FIFA said last year:

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“FIFA and IFAB have always maintained that the final decision will remain with the referee, with technology being introduced to provide the officials with the best support available.”

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