According to Arsene Wenger, FIFA may be able to introduce an automated system for 2022 World Cup in Qatar to judge offsides.
About Arsene Wenger
Since 2019, Arsene Wenger has served as FIFA’s director of global football development; the former Arsenal manager needs offside calls to be made immediately by the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. FIFA has also supported semi-automatic hardware that alerts the VAR whether a player is offside.
Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is now FIFA’s director of global football production, and he is advocating for the implementation of a fully integrated device that will warn the assistant referee when a player is offside.
The Offside Plan: Automated system for 2022 World Cup
The International Football Association Board (IFAB), which is the body in charge of football’s rules, said last month that it is also reviewing the offside rule and plans to test semi-automated decision-making technology, which alerts the VAR of an offside instead.
The aim of using the technology is to have more precise offside calls. It will also reduce the amount of time VAR spends determining offsides.
Wenger said on FIFA’s Living Football television program:
“I believe the automatic offside will be ready in 2022. Automated means it goes straight from the signal to the linesman, who has a red light on his watch that tells him whether he is offside or not. At the time, the players are on lines to determine if they are offside or not. On average, we have to wait about 70 seconds. Occasionally one minute and twenty seconds, and sometimes a little longer when the situation is difficult to appreciate. I think it is a critical move because many celebrations are canceled after that due to unforeseen circumstances. The semi-automated is routed first to the VAR, who alerts the linesman. I’m working hard to get automatic offsides, which ensures the signal is sent to the linesman right away.”
The semi-automated device has also been checked by FIFA at the 2019 Club World Cup.
Wenger wants offside decisions taken away from match officials. FIFA said last year: “FIFA and IFAB have long insisted that the final call would be made by the referee. The technologies being applied give the best service possible to the officials.”