“Revolution with the offside from the World Cup in Qatar”

A revolution with the offside already from the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, announced Arsene Wenger, director of development of world football at FIFA.

“There is a strong possibility that offside tracking will be ‘automated’ in 2022,” the former Arsenal boss told a news conference in Paris today, without giving details of such technological progress.

“I am committed to secrecy, but it will be the next major development in arbitration,” he explained.

While sometimes offside decisions are made today with the help of the VAR, with referees in front of screens, Wenger says football can move faster due to the intervention of technology to resolve disputed phases.

A change already under way by FIFA, which announced in June 2020 that it plans to “develop semi-automated offside technology to provide the VAR with additional information that will simplify refereeing decisions by optimizing image analysis” , in an effort to make football more attractive.

Regarding his proposal for the World Cup every two years, Arsene Wenger explained “that you need to be open” and “understand the reluctance, because there is an emotional aspect” around this tournament, which is organized historically every four years.

“The reform I am proposing is part of a calendar reform. “I want to reduce the number of qualifiers,” he said.

“If prestige is linked to the distance between events, it would be necessary to host the World Cup every eight years,” Alsatos said, confirming that

“We could have a big event every year”, the World Cup alternating with continental tournaments like the Euro or the Copa America.

A full report will be released by FIFA in November, ahead of a “world summit” by the end of the year, which could decide on the reform.

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