Football has changed a lot in recent years, and FIFA is looking to make another major alteration to the game and eliminate the possibility of human error in offside decisions. FIFA's director of world football development Arsene Wenger wants offside decisions to become fully automated, eliminating the decision of the assistant referee.
There are many possibilities, Wenger told a news conference in Paris. I have to keep things a secret, but there will be a great evolution in refereeing. Everything is look studied. The technology can even determine whether a two- or six-centimeter decision is off the table or not.
Current offside laws continue to cause regular controversy in soccer, as recently seen in the Nations League final when Kylian Mbappé scored France's goal against Spain. Not even the VAR has helped solve this problem, with the Premier League now testing different thicknesses in the lines they draw to end the controversy and debates.
FIFA aims to have an effective tool by 2022 that allows offside decisions to be made fully automatically. They will then test and approve the technology in 2022, which could allow for its implementation at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. However, it should be noted that changes are generally approved in March for implementation the following year, making 2023 more likely as we will see it in-game.
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