2022 World Cup: Arsene Wenger “pushes hard” for automated offside decisions

Arsene Wenger is one of the most fascinating minds in a beautiful game.

Revolutionary in the way coaches approached Premier League football in the late 1990s, the former Arsenal coach has turned his attention to the sport as a whole since hanging his long coat.

Wenger is currently the head of FIFA’s global football development and has published headlines around the world for his revolutionary ideas on offside law.

Wenger’s offside ideas

The French football mind came up with the idea that an attacking player would still be with him as long as one part of the body they could use to score was on par with the last opponent.

Fife president Gianni Infantino confirmed in March that the football governing body would conduct trials under Wenger’s new proposal, which could change the nature of the sport forever.

“So it gives the striker a little more space and so favors attacking football,” Infantino explained according to the Evening Standard. “Obviously such a change should be tested.

“We need to see what impact this will have on the game – if positive, if negative.

“But we are always here, as we did for VAR, to be open to new ideas and if we can make football even more aggressive, even more passionate, then we certainly consider it. If it is positive, we could go further. If it is negative , we will step down. “

Potential changes at the 2022 World Cup

However, Wenger’s compliance with offside laws may not end there as the former AS Monaco coach has now claimed that semi-automated line people could be used at FIFA’s 2022 World Cup.

The idea would be to integrate automatic decisions to ensure greater accuracy, and also to limit deliberation time, which would improve the experience of players and fans.


According to Sky Sports, 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 line liner, and the line master has a red light on his watch that tells him offside or not offside.

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

“This is so important because we see that many celebrations have been canceled afterwards due to marginal situations and that is why I believe it is a very important step.

“Semi-automated goes first to the VAR, which signals this to the line player. I’m very committed to automatic offside, which means the signal goes to the line line immediately.”


FIFA is uncomfortable with full automation

The semi-automated system was tested at the FIFA World Cup at the club in 2019, and the governing body of football insists that the technology will be used only as a supplement to the final decision of the officials.

However, in a world where VAR has flaunted the dirty laundry of football trivia, I can’t be alone in advocating the fact that Wenger is shooting with fascinating ideas at such a corporate level.

Whether we will see semi-automation in Qatar or not remains to be seen, but all that allows fans and players to celebrate without hesitation is music to my ears.


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