We are just weeks into the new Premier League season, and we have already seen a number of controversial decisions.
As ever, offsides have taken centre stage, and one of the most controversial saw Philippe Coutinho have a goal chalked off against Manchester City.
Assistants are only supposed to flag for obvious offsides immediately, while they are supposed to raise their flag after the play has ended if they feel it was a tight decision.
That’s to ensure the passage of play fully plays out, allowing it to be eligible for VAR review if a goal or penalty decision follows.
For the Coutinho goal, the assistant flagged too early, and the resulting goal could not be reviewed by VAR.
As authorities strive to be more accurate and efficient, a vote is set to take place over a semi-automated system.
According to The Times, after the winter World Cup, the 20 Premier League clubs will vote on whether to implement the new system.
As many as nine clubs, including Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Manchester United, Brighton and Hove Albion, Southampton and Nottingham Forest, are all ready to implement the new system.
The system will use ball tracking technology to put together a graphic image of the defensive line, quickly determining whether there is an offside player.
It has already been used in the Champions League, and it is expected to pass in the Premier League vote.
The system cannot be fully automated because of the subjective nature of the offside rules.
For example, a player can be offside but not adjudged to be offside due to not interfering with play.
If the technology is passed, it is likely to be implemented in the Premier League next season.