The Premier League will introduce “thicker lines” for VAR offside next season to make marginal decisions.

As the Times first reported, the move’s goal is for the thicker lines to give the offside a greater margin of error and give the attacker the benefit of the doubt.

An agreement to use thicker lines followed a presentation by Professional Game Match Officials Limited’s chief referee Mike Riley to the clubs at their annual general meeting on Thursday.

The system is already in use by other competitions such as UEFA and the Dutch league, but it is not yet known whether thicker lines will be used for offside in FA Cup matches next season.

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The Times also reports that one result of the thicker lines is that broadcasters and television viewers no longer see the process of drawing the sideline, only the end result.

As reported by ECHO earlier this year, the clubs took part in a VAR survey and asked for their views on the changes requested.

FIFA, which has operational control of VAR, tested the semi-automatic offside technology at the 2019 Club World Cup in Qatar.

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However, since it will be at least two years before it can be used in the Premier League, it was decided to use the thicker lines for now.

Pierluigi Collina, who is now chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee, spoke about the use of VAR in marginal decisions in the past, arguing that the decision should not be overturned on the field if a decision is still not clear or obvious.

He said: “If the pictures are inconclusive, then the field decision cannot be overruled. Therefore, it is important that what is shown offers something conclusive. Otherwise, if in doubt, I would say follow the field decision.”

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