Artificial intelligence-driven semi-automated VAR offside technology is still on track to be used at the World Cup in Qatar.

That is the message from The International Football Association Board (The IFAB), the organisation that determines football laws.

Offside decisions using VAR have taken up to four minutes, with the technology aiming to reduce the decision time to three or four seconds by providing faster information.

The IFAB is still in talks with FIFA about implementing the upgraded VAR system, with the goal of using offside technology at the upcoming World Cup in November.

“It looks very good and very promising,” FIFA president Gianni Infantino told a news conference on Monday.

“Our experts are looking into [the trials] before we take a decision on whether it will be used for the World Cup or not.”

FIFA’s head of refereeing, Pierluigi Collina, added: “My personal opinion is that I’m very confident we can go ahead with this.

“We want to achieve accuracy, quicker decisions, also more accepted decisions.

By Isaac

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