Report: Premier League plan for semi-automatic VAR for offside calls

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According to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, the Premier League has drawn up plans to introduce semi-automatic offside calls.

There has been plenty of controversy since the adoption of VAR in the Premier League and one of the main criticisms of the technology has been the time taken for decisions to be reached.

The Premier League are now said to be exploring ways to improve precision on offside calls while also reducing the delays.

This would work with the introduction of player-tracking cameras that would allow those at Stockley Park to access instant images displaying precise offside lines.

The idea was reportedly mentioned briefly in a Premier League last week and it is hoped that the technology could come into effect from the 2022/23 season.

Semi-automatic offside calls were trialled during the FIFA Club World Cup held in Qatar earlier this year but it is said that there is plenty of work to be done on the system before it is given the green light to be used in the English top flight.

Spurs Web Opinion

The single most important change that I would like to see with respect to the use of VAR for offside is the inclusion of a margin of error.

I believe that the offside line should be made thicker so that an attacker can be deemed to be level with the last defender when there are only a few millimetres separating the two.

That would certainly be preferable to the system that is used now where we are splitting hairs between the attacker and defender.

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