When Marcus Rashford scored to make it 2-0 for Man Utd against Liverpool in the 53rd minute at Old Trafford on August 22, he stood slightly below last defender Joe Gomez.
But under the new law, the horizontal line follows Rashford over the horizontal line that follows Gomez. With “errors” within the permissible range, VAR does not interfere with the situation.
The original decision of the main referee was upheld, which was to recognise the table for Rashford.
But if such a goal is scored in the 2020-2021 season, VAR will not recognize it.
Man Utd have twice conceded goals from similar situations, namely Teemu Pukki’s goal for Norwich at Old Trafford in April 2022, and Pascal Gross’ opener for Brighton in the first game this season.
But such tables may no longer be recognized as of next season.
UEFA and FIFA will use semi-automatic offside capture technology for the 2022-2023 Champions League and the 2022 World Cup respectively.
This technology helps referees determine offside faster for the manual process of VAR. If this technology is effective, leagues such as the Premier League could use it from the 2023-2024 season.