[Sport] FIFA Chief Arsene Wenger tips Automated Offside system in 2022


FIFA Chief of Global Football Development, Arsene Wenger, has said football will move on from the VAR system to automatic offside calls.

The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) has gained more haters than proponents due to the disconnected inconsistency between the technology and human official decisions on the pitch.

“The automated offside I think will be ready for 2022,” Wenger told FIFA’s Living Football television show, as quoted by Sky Sports.

“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.

“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,” the former Arsenal manager concluded.


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