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Sport Premier League bid to change controversial offside line system on VAR

04:15  25 october  2020
04:15  25 october  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Updated: 13 Aug 2019, 15:53. VAR 's controversial offside system could be scrapped after it caused chaos on the opening weekend of the Premier League Football's lawmakers are set to discuss guidelines around VAR and could decide that officials can only intervene when there is a clear error.

‘ Offside is offside !’ no matter how tight the margin cry those fervently in favour of a slavish acceptance of using technology to adjudicate. If a VAR needs to look more than once or twice at a freeze frame, and can’t decide if a player is offside without the time taken to line up and analyse crosshairs on a

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The Premier League are planning a renewed attempt to persuade FIFA to allow a ‘margin of error’ on the tight offsides that continue to plague the game.

Mike Riley, the head of Professional Game Match Officials Ltd (PGMOL), wants feedback from the Dutch FA after the Eredivisie ignored FIFA’s orders of zero tolerance on offsides and this season brought in a 10cm ‘linesman’s call’.

The system sees the VAR judge offsides using two 5cm lines and if they touch the final decision remains with the on-field officials.

graphical user interface, website: Premier League are speaking with FIFA about a 'margin of error' clause on VAR offside calls © Provided by Daily Mail Premier League are speaking with FIFA about a 'margin of error' clause on VAR offside calls a man wearing a suit and tie: PGMOL chief Mike Riley (above) wants to gain advice from the Dutch FA about offside calls © Provided by Daily Mail PGMOL chief Mike Riley (above) wants to gain advice from the Dutch FA about offside calls

This was similar to the idea that Riley proposed to Premier League clubs in February, only for FIFA to tell them they would not support a tolerance level on offsides after they took over the VAR reins from the International FA Board (IFAB).

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Importantly, the Premier League will continue to show the definitive clip or image for all overturned decisions in stadium, and remains the only major European Ensuring the pace and tempo of Premier League football remains an important focus for clubs. The core principles of VAR were reiterated.

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Pierluigi Collina, the head of the governing body’s referees’ committee has frequently made it clear:  ‘offside is offside’.

Fresh fury erupted last week after Liverpool’s stoppage-time winner in the Merseyside derby was ruled out when Sadio Mane’s shoulder was judged offside by a matter of centimetres, with an irate Jurgen Klopp saying the decisions were getting ‘harder and harder to take’.

The Premier League are keen to make a stand. But to do so they must submit a law change proposal to IFAB by next Sunday for it to be discussed at the annual business meeting later this year. Any change to the law would only be brought in for next season.

a group of baseball players playing a football game: The latest VAR drama saw Jordan Henderson (right)'s late Merseyside derby winner ruled out © Provided by Daily Mail The latest VAR drama saw Jordan Henderson (right)'s late Merseyside derby winner ruled out

It is also expected that they will submit a proposal to the controversial handball law that states that a free-kick or penalty must be given, regardless of distance or intent, if the ball strikes an arm raised above the shoulder.

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Why did the Premier League introduce it? Premier League match officials can make mistakes which can have an impact on the outcome of a match. The VAR will not review incidents outside of the four match- changing situations: goals; penalty decisions; direct red-card incidents; and mistaken identity.

The Premier League 's Video Assistant Referee system , known as VAR , isn't the first time football has used video technology to try and make correct decisions. The system was tested in the FA and Carabao Cups in each of the last two seasons, and has already been used in the Italian and German

Offsides are expected to be on the IFAB agenda anyway, with Arsene Wenger, FIFA’s head of global football development, keen to bring inhis own rule where a player is onside as long as any part of their body that can score is level with the last defender.

While this would hand a huge advantage to the attacking team, it would still not eradicate the issue of poring over the offside line, judging by the millimetre. It would just move the magnifying glass from the shoulder to the heel.

Riley believes a margin of error, using thicker lines, would go a long way towards removing the controversy over marginal offsides.

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It is a belief shared by the Dutch FA (KNVB), whose spokesman told The Mail on Sunday: ‘We chose this solution to avoid hassle and discussions to the centimetre. We agreed  that if the lines touch each other, the difference is minimal and there is no reason for VAR to interfere. The decision made on the pitch remains intact. This works well.

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Arsene Wenger will change the offside law for next season and end the VAR farceCredit: Getty Images. And it will mean one of the most He said: “You will be not offside if any part of the body that can score a goal is in line with the last defender, even if other parts of the attacker’s body are in front.

‘It has been an operational decision by the Dutch league alone. It won’t be perfect but it’s a step forward. It’s progression.’

Had the Premier League been using the same margin of error, Jordan Henderson’s winner for Liverpool against Everton is likely to have stood with the lines touching.

Such a measure would still have its problems. Critics will argue that it would just result in officials agonising over whether the lines are a millimetre apart instead of ruling that Mane was a millimetre offside.

Sadio Mane on a court: If the proposed line changes were made, VAR would have deemed Sadio Mane to be onside © Provided by Daily Mail If the proposed line changes were made, VAR would have deemed Sadio Mane to be onside

There would still be marginal calls. It would also mean some incorrect decisions would be allowed to stand.

FC Twente had a goal ruled out against Groningen which was then showed to be just onside. Yet as the lines were touching, the linesman’s decision stood.

The feeling among Dutch fans is that the system feels more natural and it would allow the concept of attackers being ‘level’ with defenders to return.

It would also go some way to eradicate the issue, revealed by The Mail on Sunday in August last year, that the frame rate of broadcast cameras used by VAR were not always accurate enough to know for certain if a player is centimetres offside.

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The video assistant referee ( VAR ) is an assistant referee in association football who reviews decisions made by the head referee with the use of video footage and headset for communication specifically in

a man holding a football ball: FC Twente had a goal given - that was initially called offside - using the new lines in Holland © Provided by Daily Mail FC Twente had a goal given - that was initially called offside - using the new lines in Holland

VAR uses the television broadcast cameras that usually run at 50 frames per second. Players running at full speed can move nearly 20cm between frames while the exact moment the ball is played is also likely to between two frames.

BT and Sky do use cameras with higher frame rates (fps), usually in games shown in ultra HD, for slowmotion sequences and the spidercam that is sometimes used in televised games, suspended from wires above the pitch. Some are as high as 400fps.

Footage from all those cameras is available to VAR but are often in positions which would not help judge offsides.

a close up of an airport: There could also be changes to the way cameras in England record the VAR controversies © Provided by Daily Mail There could also be changes to the way cameras in England record the VAR controversies

While the Premier League could dictate broadcasters always use higher frame-rate cameras, their preference is to lobby for a margin of error and, while they admit the current system is not perfect, insist it offers consistency.

FIFA also continue to work on a semi-automated offside, trials of which were used at the Club World Cup last year, and plan to implement it at the 2022 World Cup.

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