Automated offside technology could be ready for 2022 World Cup

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Automated offside systems could be ready for use at the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the body’s chief of global football development, Arsene Wenger, said on Thursday.

Over the past decade, football has welcomed a couple of technological innovations to help official make better calls in games, including goal-line technology and the virtual assistant referee.

The body that oversees football’s laws, the International Football Association Board (IFAB), said in March it is continuing to review the offside law with plans to test the semi-automated decision-making technology.

The technology would notify VAR officials whenever an attacking player is in an offside position.

In an interview with FIFA’s Living Football television show, Wenger said the introduction of the technology would curb cancelations of celebrations by players who thought they had scored legitimate goals.

“The automated offside I think will be ready for 2022,” he said. “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.”

“I’m pushing very hard to have the automated offsides, which means straight away the signal goes to the linesman.”

The 2022 World Cup is scheduled to be staged in Qatar between 21 November and 18 December, which leaves FIFA with around 19 months to conduct the tests and make a decision.