FIFA remains on track to introduce “robo linesmen” at the 2022 World Cup.
World boss Gianni Infantino is keen to introduce the “semi automated offside” system for Fifa’s global showpiece which starts in November.
Trials of the system, which uses 10 cameras to track 29 body points of each player, took place in the Club World Cup won by Liverpool and the Arab Cup held in four of Doha’s eight World Cup stadiums.
And with all the signs that the technology does work, bringing far quicker offside calls than under the current VAR line-led system, world chiefs are due to give a positive update at Monday’s delayed annual general meeting of the law-making International FA Board.
Fifa is understood to be ready to state there are no impediments to the full introduction of the technology.
Fifa referee chief, former Italian whistler Pierluigi Collina, bristles at the use of the term “robot offside”.
He pointed out: “The referees and assistants are still responsible for the decision on the field of play.