IFAB: semi-automated off-game detection in discussion Monday

The International Board (IFAB), which guarantees the rules of football, meets this Monday in Doha (Qatar), where the 2022 World Cup will take place, for its 136th annual general assembly, during which it must in particular evaluate its effectiveness. of semi-automated off-game detection, a more technologically advanced monitoring system in support of video arbitration (VAR), which was already tested in February at the Club World Cup.

However, IFAB will not decide on Monday whether semi-automated off-game detection will be used at the next World Cup in Qatar (November 21-December 18). On the one hand, it is the organizer, FIFA, who chooses. On the other hand, video arbitration has already been used in the World Cup since 2018 and it is only “From an additional tool for the VAR, not a new ruleexactly the FIFA to the AFP. The semi-automatic off-game system must still be evaluated before the prize of a final decision. » In 2018, IFAB is contributing a son to the accord de principe for VAR, and only asks weeks and the day that FIFA had decided to use it at the World Cup in Russia.

Alternatively, the Board should validate the lasting principle of five changes per match. In October 2021, the keeper of the rules of the game had left the choice in each competition to adopt the five changes or not. This amendment to Law 3 of the Game, which usually provides for a maximum of three replacements per match, had been decided in May 2020 by the IFAB and was to run until the end of 2021 for club competitions and until 31 July 2022 for international meetings. The measure was extended until December 31, 2022, after one «Study the global impact of the current Covid-19 on football». All competitions were not opted for an increase in the number of replacements, the Premier League was the refractory and the notable.

The rule of hands in the clarified surface?

The Board could also clarify the rule of thumb on the surface, which often leads to misunderstandings and controversial decisions. A discussion is also provided on the tests of changes in the case of commuters, with the establishment of two specific replacements. But the low number of incidents still does not allow us to draw reliable conclusions.

FIFA holds four out of eight votes in IFAB decisions, the other four being the historic property of the English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish federations.

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