The former Arsenal manager believes it takes too long to make offside decisions with VAR and believes the process must be made quicker
Arsene Wenger believes offside calls will be decided by technology by next year.
Technology is taking on an increasing role in refereeing decisions across the game, with goalline technology and VAR in effect across the world.
But former Arsenal manager Wenger, who is now in charge of global development at FIFA, believes the next big step forward is just around the corner, with the offside rule soon to be made easier for referees.
Wenger believes VAR has been too slow in making offside decisions and believes the process must be streamlined by the time the 2022 World Cup comes around.
“We must continue to progress in the speed of decision-making, particularly in terms of offside,” he said to 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.
“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.”