Arsene Wenger hints major offside change will be ready for Qatar World Cup

The former Arsenal boss and current head of global development at FIFA believes VAR’s process of determining offside calls takes too long and will be made quicker by next year’s World Cup

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Arsene Wenger has claimed VAR technology takes too long to find a verdict on offside calls and believes the process must be sped up by the time the 2022 Qatar World Cup comes around.


Wenger, who is now head of FIFA's global development, feels offside decisions will be 100 percent made by technology next year, rather than a video assistant referee.

The last few years in football across a number of major leagues has seen technology enjoy greater influence, with both goal-line technology and VAR used in the Premier League.

However, Wenger deems that insufficient.

And the ex- Arsenal boss thinks another huge change for the way football is officiated is fast approaching that will alter the sport yet again.

Arsene Wenger believes a change to the way football is officiated is nearing


"We must continue to progress in the speed of decision-making, particularly in terms of offside," Wenger told reporters.

"In 2022 at the World Cup, we'll be much better able to make very quick offside decisions.

"And it will stop the game less because that is what the VAR can be faulted with.

"There is a real emotional lift, but after that you have to know if you want fair decisions or not."

Teasing a change, Wenger revealed: "There is a good chance that the offside will be automated at the 2022 World Cup.

"I am bound to secrecy, but this will be the next of the big developments in refereeing."

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The ex-Arsenal manager isn't against VAR as a concept and actually believes its introduction has helped reduce the amount of refereeing errors in big matches.

"I think it’s positive in that if it was announced tomorrow, people would be against it," he explained.

"We realised in the decisive matches that the VAR was able to prevent bad decisions from being made.

"But there are things that still need to be perfected. VAR is a new process.

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"The level of the VAR people may not be at the level of the referees. But it will come in a few years.

"There is an issue because it requires a lot of people and it is still expensive. VAR is a useful aid and it must remain to make more fair decisions.

"Before, there were 93 percent fair decisions and today it is 97 percent. So that's hundreds of decisions over an entire championship. It is important."

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