FIFA has confirmed it will utilise semi-automated VAR offside technology at the Qatar 2022 World Cup later this year, says head of refereeing Pierluigi Collina. The move to introduce further advancements in the VAR process for this year's showpiece tournament has been ongoing over the past few months.
Following trials at the Arab Cup and Club World Cup, the fresh processes – which can cut VAR decision-making from 70 seconds to 25 seconds – is set to be implemented in the Gulf State in November.
"We are very positive. It is ready," he stated. "I read about robot referees. I understand this is very good for headlines, but it is not the case. The match officials are still involved in the decision-making process. The semi-automated technology only gives an answer when a player is in an offside position when they play the ball", Collina affirmed.