On many occasions, goals have been disallowed because a player’s armpit or toenail was in an offside position after having drawn some dreaded lines that comes after some five minutes of deliberation.
Football shouldn’t be this difficult, right?
This has caused tremendous outrage from fans and players alike throughout the campaign. Evidently, significant changes need to be made to the application of VAR
When it comes to offside calls that are so close that players look level to the naked eye, the benefit of the doubt needs to go to the attacking player.
Thankfully, there are going to be significant changes to how VAR is implemented in the the Premier League next season.
According to The Times, thicker lines will now be used in the hope that they will eliminate the hugely unpopular marginal offside calls especially the ones that plagued both the 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons.
Martyn Ziegler, who broke the story, tweeted from his official account: “Big news from PL annual meeting – there will be ‘thicker’ offside VAR lines next season to end the hugely unpopular marginal offsides.
“The idea is to have a greater margin of error for offsides, giving the benefit of the doubt back to the attacker.”
So moving forward, if a player’s armpit or toenail is in an offside position, it won’t be penalised like it was under the old VAR system
The system that will be in place starting from the 2021/22 Premier League campaign is already being used by both UEFA and the Dutch League.
It’s introduction also means that those watching a television broadcast will no longer see the drawing of the lines by VAR officials, only the final result.
That’s certainly a good thing as well…