FIFA ready to use automatic offside calls at the World Cup in Qatar

FIFA head of football development Arsene Wenger said he would be ready to implement an automated system for offside calls at next year’s World Cup in Qatar.

The game’s creator, the International Football Association Board, said last month that it was continuing to revise the offside law and planned to test technology that would allow for “semi-automatic” decisions to limit the need to wait long for VAR reviews.

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However, Wenger said he supports “automated” offside technology, which directly notifies an assistant referee if an incident is offside.

According to FIFA, semi-automated offside technology provides the VAR with additional information before a referee makes a final call.

“The automated offside I think will be ready for 2022,” Wenger, FIFA’s head of football development, was quoted as saying in the Times.

“I am strongly in favor of automated offsides, which means that the signal goes to the line immediately.

“On average, the time we have to wait is about 70 seconds, sometimes 1 minute and 20 seconds … It’s so important because we see that many celebrations are canceled afterwards in marginal situations.”

Last month, former Dutch striker Marco van Basten called on football lawmakers consider repealing offside rules, saying the game would have been better without it.