Newcastle United will be affected by a Premier League VAR rule change resulting from the World Cup.
The Premier League is planning to make adjustments to VAR and how the offside rule is used in live matches.
According to The Times, the league plans to use a new semi-automated offside system for the 2023-24 season.
Offside calls are now made on the touchline by the referee’s assistants, and VAR should intervene if a ‘clear and evident error’ is committed. However, human error has resulted in some contentious offside calls in Premier League matches.
Newcastle had a goal disallowed at Liverpool in August after Alexander Isak was called offside by the smallest of margins.
Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Manchester United, Brighton & Hove Albion, Southampton, and Nottingham Forest are among the Premier League teams said to have the infrastructure in place to adopt a semi-automated offside system via VAR.
The technique, which allows for rapid offside calls, can be seen during the 2017 World Cup in Qatar. As a consequence, numerous goals have already been rightfully disallowed.
Following the World Cup, all 20 top-flight teams will vote on whether to implement VAR for the following season.
The rule change is anticipated to succeed since it has been presented as a significant improvement over the current system, which has been heavily criticised.
Officials manually use lines to determine whether a player is offside or not in the build-up to a goal when making VAR offside calls. As a result, some contentious and even incorrect decisions have been made.
The Premier League’s semi-automated technology will utilise artificial intelligence and ball tracking to produce a 3D graphic that will give a more clear representation of a ‘offside’ scenario than a static snapshot.
The technique has previously been implemented in Champions League and World Cup matches. The system will not be totally automated owing to the interpretative nature of the regulations governing a player’s ‘interference with play,’ which will necessitate the intervention of a VAR official.
A player can be in an offside position yet not be penalised if the referees determine that they had no influence on the game.
As a result, VAR judgements on offside calls should be more faster and more precise.
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