FIFA want robot linesmen to replace assistant referees in the future — after VAR has highlighted how accurate they are on offside calls.
Tech advances through video assistant refs could render real life ones a thing of the past.
It could mean the iconic sight of a linesman running up and down the touchline with a flag is consigned to history books.
According to the Mirror, Fifa have set up a research department to look into how linesmen can be replaced with cameras and computers.
It suggests any dramatic changes to replacing humans with robots could be years away, but the gadgets are being evolved fast.
On the first weekend of the Premier League season, fans could see the evolution of VAR which set up a series of lines to show when a player could be even millimetres offside.
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But the technology has also been hugely unpopular, with critics claiming it is sucking the atmosphere out of stadiums and slowing the game down too much.
A Fifa official said: “Fifa already have a department set up researching into these exact areas.
“Will they replace referee assistants completely with cameras and computers ruling offsides and throw-ins? It could happen one day.”
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