Wenger mentions automatic offside control at the 2022 World Cup

On Tuesday, Arsene Wenger, director of development at the International Football Association, FIFA, indicated that it is possible to detect cases of infiltration “automatically in 2022”. in particularly during the World Cup in Qatar, without announcing the methods used in the new technology.

“There is a good chance that the offside detection will be done automatically in 2022,” the former Arsenal manager said at a press conference in Paris.

And Wenger added, before holding seminars dedicated to arbitration, starting on the 20th of this month, of which he is considered the “godfather” of them, “I keep the secrecy, but it will be the next developments in arbitration”.

Wenger pointed out that FIFA’s efforts require finding the quickest solutions to controversial situations through the use of technology, noting that some controversial decisions in Offside cases are sometimes taken using video assistant referee (VAR) technology.

FIFA announced in June 2020 that it was considering the decision to transform the arbitration in offside cases “by developing a semi-automatic technology to indicate the offside, in order to provide + VAR + with additional information that would have simplified the decision-making process and developed the image”. analyses.”

The timetable for this project is expected to be accelerated in light of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar (November 21 – December 18).

In March Wenger proposed to the International Football Association Board (IFAB), which has the task of enacting the laws of the first popular game, to change the offside rule by excluding cases in which “a part of the body with which an attacker can score” remains in a legal position.

In the same context, the Italian-Swiss FIFA president Gianni Infantino considered that this amendment falls within the framework of “making football more attractive” by promoting offensive play, a more accurate analysis of the cases allowed by the “VAR”, although no experiment has been planned for it Suggested modifications.

And regarding the holding of the World Cup finals every two years instead of four, Wenger confirmed that he is “open” to all suggestions and that he “understands the reluctance, because there is an emotional side” to this issue. The voices of the opposition have risen in the world of football to protest the growing pace of competition, from the president of the European Football Association of Slovenia Aleksandar Ceferin to the coach of the French national team Didier Deschamps, passing through the Union of professional footballers (FIFPro) and connections of fans from all over the world and different parties. FIFA is expected to release a full report in November in view of a “world summit” by the end of the year.

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