Semi-automated offside technology will be there

Qatar 2022 will be the first FIFA Men’s World Cup to use semi-automated offside technology in an effort to improve the speed and accuracy of decisions. Indeed, FIFA has announced that this offside detection technology will be used during the 2022 FIFA World Cup, this Friday, July 1, 2022.

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Technology successfully tested at the 2021 FIFA Arab Cup and 2021 FIFA Club World Cup will see video match officials receive offside alerts, with decisions being validated manually before being communicated to the referee on the field.

How does this technology work?

The new technology uses 12 dedicated tracking cameras mounted under the stadium roof to track the ball and up to 29 data points from each individual player, 50 times per second, calculating their exact position on the pitch. The 29 data points collected include all limbs and extremities relevant to making offside calls.

The Official Adidas Al Rihla World Cup Match Ball provides another vital element for detecting tight offside incidents as an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) sensor will be placed inside the ball.

This sensor, positioned in the center of the ball, sends ball data to the video operating room 500 times per second, allowing very precise detection of the strike point.

By combining limb tracking and ball tracking data and applying artificial intelligence, the new technology provides an automated offside alert to video match officials inside the video ops room every time. the ball is received by an attacker who was in an offside position.

Before informing the referee on the field, the video match officials validate the proposed decision by manually checking the automatically selected kicking point and the automatically created offside line, which is based on the calculated positions of the members players. This process happens in seconds and means offside decisions can be made faster and more accurately.

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Communication with fans inside the stadiums will also be enhanced through 3D animation shown on large screens, and to viewers at home, showing how the offside decision was made.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino said that “semi-automated offside technology is an evolution of VAR systems that have been implemented around the world”.

Source: FIFA

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