Offside calls could possibly be automated by subsequent 12 months: Wenger


Offside calls could possibly be “automated by 2022”, when the World Cup shall be held in Qatar, Arsene Wenger, director of the event of the world soccer on the FIFA, mentioned Tuesday.

The former Arsenal supervisor additionally mentioned he understood the opposition of many in soccer to his suggestion, which FIFA has embraced, to stage the World Cup each two years.

Speaking to the press in Paris on Tuesday, Wenger mentioned he couldn’t give particulars of how the expertise would work.

“There is a strong chance that the offside will be automated in 2022,” Wenger mentioned. “I’m bound to secrecy, but it will be the next big development in refereeing.”

Close offside calls are at the moment determined by video-assisted refereeing (VAR), however FIFA has been working to develop “advanced offside technology”.

The governing physique of world soccer mentioned in August that “the goal is to develop a supportive tool similar to goal-line technology: Not designed to make the decision, but to provide evidence instantly to the referees”.

Wenger, speaking forward of the French multisport Refereeing Days, of which he’s the figurehead, advised that the timetable could possibly be accelerated within the run-up to the World Cup in Qatar, which begins on November 21 2022.

Wenger has already advised altering the offside rule in order that gamers are onside if any a part of their physique that may rating a purpose is behind or degree with the related defender.

His proposal final month that the World Cup ought to be staged twice as typically was met with a storm of opposition from main soccer figures.

He mentioned that he understood the reluctance to vary “because there is an emotional aspect” however, he added, the plan was a part of a wider reform.

“The reform I am proposing is part of a reform of the calendar. I want to reduce the number of qualifying matches,” Wenger mentioned.

“We could have a big competition every year,” he mentioned, with the World Cup alternating with continental tournaments just like the Euro or the Copa America, “with 25 days of rest guaranteed afterwards” for gamers.

“If prestige is linked to the gap between the competitions, it would be necessary to organise the World Cup every eight years,” he added.

FIFA plans to publish a report in November, earlier than a “global summit” by the tip of the 12 months.

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