Arsene Wenger reveals that he is “pushing hard” to call offside AUTOMATE at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar amid constant criticism of VAR
- Arsene Wenger says offside calls could be automated at the 2022 World Cup
- He says both semi-automated and automated systems are being prepared
- Wenger says the automated function will go straight to the line clock
- While the semi-automated version will go through VAR before the line operator
- He says he is “strongly committed” to the introduction of technology in Qatar
Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says offside calls could be automated at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar amid constant criticism from the VAR.
Wenger says two forms of technology could be used. One would be fully automated – by sending a signal straight to the line clock to show if the player is offside or not. While the second option would be a semi-automated function that will first go through VAR.
The Frenchman – who holds the position of head of global football development at FIFA – says that he is “working hard” to introduce the latest form of technology into the game.
Arsene Wenger says offside calls could be automated at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar
Speaking to FIFA’s Live Football Show, Wenger said: ‘The automated offside I think will be ready for 2022. Automated means it goes directly from the signal to the line lineup and the line line clock has a red light on its clock that tells it offside or not offside.
‘We currently have situations where players are on the line 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.
‘It’s so important because we see a lot of celebrations being canceled after that because of marginal situations and that’s why I believe it’s a very important step.
He says both semi-automated and automated systems are being prepared for the tournament
The automated version sends a signal straight to the line clock to indicate whether the player is offside or not. While it is a semi-automated function that will first go through VAR
‘The semi-automated goes first to the VAR, which signals it to the line judge. I am strongly in favor of automated offsides, which means that the signal immediately goes to the line judge. ‘
The semi-automated system was used on a trial basis at the 2019 Club World Cup and received positive feedback. However, the fully automated function has yet to be used in the competition schedule.
The board of the International Football Association (IFAB) will, however, have the final say on the introduction of the technology as they go beyond the rules of the sport.
Despite campaigns to use the new technology, Wenger remains adamant that the final decision will be up to the judge.
He said: “FIFA and IFAB have always argued that the final decision will remain with the referee, with the introduction of technology that will provide officials with the best support available.”