The offside lines will be implemented in the next football season, the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) and the Portuguese Professional Football League (LPFP) announced today in a joint statement sent to Lusa.
"After a positive study process, the FPF and the LPFP, in articulation with the clubs participating in the I Liga in 2019/20, decided to implement this tool", notes the note.
The two bodies also explain that a "phase of technical adjustments of the structural and logistic conditions that ensure that the system will be operational at the start of next season" is now underway.
FPF and LPFP add that by taking this step further, the two bodies provide the necessary resources "in order to meet the demands of competition."
The video-arbitrator (VAR) had its debut in the main Portuguese football competitions in 2017/18, having worked for two seasons without the lines of the game.