The Premier League has reportedly decided for next season to use thicker lines for the offside indicator used by video referees. The English championship wants to reduce the controversy over the goals refused for a few centimeters on images far from being perfectly clear.
Goals refused for offside judged by the centimeter have again made a lot of teeth cringe this season in England. Video assist footage (VAR), showing referees superimposing pixel-perfect lines, has continued to generate frustration among supporters and viewers alike. To limit these many misunderstood situations, the Premier League has decided, according to Sky Sports, to use thicker lines for its developer.
The decision-makers of the English league hope that the very contentious situations, where the decision is indeed played on a few centimeters, will rather benefit the attackers. With thicker lines, it might sometimes become impossible to decide on a blurry image. Until now, the very fine lines have put attackers at a disadvantage because of their forward posture in relation to their opponents.
Before the automation of offside?
For this change, the Premier League does not need permission from the International Football Association Board (IFAB). No specific rule on this detail of VAR has been dictated by the body that dictates the laws of the game.
At the same time, the Premier League is working on an automation system for offside detection. Tests have already been carried out during the 2020-2021 season, and should be repeated in the coming year. The results would be convincing and would have even convinced FIFA to deploy this technology for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.