Wenger Wants to Bring More Technology into Football

Former Arsenal Manager and current FIFA Development Director Arsene Wenger seeks to develop football technology and reduce refereeing errors in offside cases.

  • The former Arsenal manager revealed that the new technology
    The former Arsenal manager revealed that the new technology "will be the next big development in refereeing."

Offside decisions could be "automated by 2022" during the Qatar World Cup, said Arsene Wenger, director of the development of the world football at FIFA.

On Tuesday, during press statements in Paris, Wenger mentioned that he could not give details of how the technology would work.

The former Arsenal manager revealed that the new technology "will be the next big development in refereeing."

Currently, close offside calls are decided by video-assisted refereeing (VAR) technology, but FIFA has been working to develop an advanced offside technology.

The world football governing body mentioned in August that "The goal is to develop a supportive tool similar to goal-line technology: Not designed to make the decision, but to provide evidence instantly to the referees."

Last month, Wenger proposed that the World Cup be staged every two years instead of four; however, his proposal was met with a storm of opposition from leading football figures.

FIFA plans to publish a report in November before a global summit by the end of the year.