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The English Premier League is expected to push ahead with plans to use semi-automated offsides for next season after its successful introduction in the Champions League. Although the 20 clubs are expected to wait until after the World Cup before voting on the system, it is already being seen by club executives and managers as a huge improvement on the existing one because it sends an immediate alert to the VAR when a player is offside.At the moment lines are drawn manually by a VAR technician, which can lead to lengthy delays, but the new system uses tracking technology and artificial intelligence for instantaneous decisions.

Furthermore, nearly half of the 20 clubs — those in the Champions League this season plus Arsenal, Manchester United, Brighton, Southampton and Nottingham Forest, already have at least the basic Hawkeye infrastructure in place which would make the installation of the extra cameras easier. English clubs have also been involved in trials from the very earliest stage. Although there is a cost implication, the advantage of the system is that it is seen as much quicker and more accurate than the one being used at the moment.

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