FIFA may be ready to implement an automated system to judge offside for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, says Arsene Wenger.
Former Arsenal manager Wenger is now FIFA’s chief football development officer and is pushing for the introduction of a fully automated system that will notify the assistant referee when a player is offside.
The International Football Association Board (IFAB), the body that oversees football laws, said last month that it was continuing to review the offside law and plans to test semi-decision-making technology. automated, which instead notifies the VAR of an offside.
The purpose of using the technology would be to provide more accurate offside calls and reduce the time the VAR spends judging offside.
Wenger told FIFA Living football TV show: “I think the automated offside will be ready for 2022. Automated means it goes directly from the signal to the linesman and the linesman has a red light on his watch that indicates offside or not.
“Right now we have situations where the players are online to see if they are offside or not. On average the time we have to wait is around 70 seconds, sometimes a minute 20 seconds, sometimes a little more when the situation is very difficult to appreciate.
“It’s so important because we see a lot of celebrations being canceled afterwards for fringe situations and that’s why I think it’s a very important step.
“The semi-automated goes first to the VAR, who signals it to the linesman. I’m pushing really hard to have the automatic offside, which means the signal goes straight to the linesman.”
FIFA has already tested the semi-automated system during the 2019 Club World Cup.
While Wenger wants offside appeals removed from the hands of match officials, FIFA said last year: “FIFA and IFAB have always maintained that the final decision would be up to the referee, the technology being introduced to provide officials with the best support. “