The semi-automatic off-game soon adopted?

The International Board (Ifab) meets Monday in Doha (Qatar), where the 2022 World Cup will take place, for its 136th annual general assembly.

The time has come, for the International Board (Ifab), the guarantor of the rules of football, to evaluate the effectiveness of the semi-automatic off-game during its 136th annual general meeting which will be held from Monday to Doha (Qatar), where the 2022 World Cup will take place. On the other hand, the «BoardThe enduring principle of five changes per match should be validated once again on the surface, sources of inevitable controversy.

Fifa (International Federation) still aims to apply semi-automatic off-game detection, tested in February during the Club World Cup, but its effective use has not yet been confirmed. She is currently absent from regulations. However, Ifab will not decide on Monday whether the semi-automatic off-game will be used at the next World Cup in Qatar (November 21-December 18). On the one hand, it is the organizer, here FIFA, who chooses. On the other hand, video arbitration has already been used in the World Cup since 2018 and it would only be “of an additional tool for the VAR“Not a new rule,” Fifa told the AFP.The semi-automatic off-game system must still be evaluated before the prize of a final decision“, Added the international federation. In 2018, Ifab had given its agreement in principle to the VAR, and it was only a few weeks later that Fifa had decided to use it at the World Cup in Russia.

Hands on the surface

The Ifab general assembly could also validate the five team changes already practiced almost everywhere since the Covid period introduced this possibility. 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 the “loi 3Football, which regularly prepares a maximum of three replacements per match, had been decided in May 2020 by the Ifab and had to run until the end of 2021 for club competitions until July 31, 2022 for international meetings . The measure was extended until December 31, 2022, after a “check the globale de l’impact actuel du Covid-19 sur le football». All competitions were not opted for an increase in the number of replacements, the Premier League was the refractory and the notable.

The Board could also clarify the rule of hands on the surface, which always results in severe or misunderstood and contested penalties, and controversies. Finally, a discussion on rule 11, that of the off-game, is in the order of the day, as well as on the tests of changes in the case of commodities, with the installation 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’s decisions, the other four being the historic property of the English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish federations.


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