Report: Spurs are one of nine teams prepared for new 2023/24 technology

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A new semi-automated offside system is expected to be introduced in the Premier League from next season, and Tottenham Hotspur are one of nine clubs who currently have the basic technology required to facilitate the changes.

Since the introduction of VAR technology to the Premier League in 2019, it’s safe to say the system has been flawed. Many fans and pundits feel VAR interferes with the game too much, is still highly vulnerable to human error, and takes too long to form decisions.

Now though, a new system is being rolled out in the Champions League this season, which appears to counter many of these issues.

The semi-automated technology no longer relies on VAR officials manually drawing lines to assess an offside. Instead, instant alerts are sent to match officials based on computer-generated images of the action on the pitch.

The technology is also set to be used in this year’s World Cup in Qatar. Premier League clubs will then vote on whether to integrate this into the 2023/24 season, but club executives and managers are already very keen on the idea.

According to a report in The Times, a source said: “We are seeing that under the semi-automated system decisions are being made within the time of natural stoppages for celebrations after a goal is scored rather than players waiting around for several minutes.”

The report also claims teams involved in the Champions League this year (Spurs, Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea), as well as Arsenal, Manchester United, Brighton, Southampton, and Nottingham Forest already have the infrastructure in place for the change.

The new system, which will use Hawkeye technology, will require the installation of additional cameras within English top flight grounds. The fact Spurs are well-placed for this move will make the transition far easier.

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Something needs to be done about VAR, and this looks like a good solution at this stage. By no longer relying on VAR officials to draw the lines, we not only get faster decisions, but more accurate ones too. It will be interesting to see how this works in the Champions League and World Cup, but early signs are promising.

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