The new offside technology

Are you satisfied with the VAR? Well, here comes the SAOT now!
Today, a new acronym jumps onto the pitch at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium that will revolutionize the world of football.

The so-called semi-automatic offside technology makes its official debut in the European Super Cup Real Madrid and Eintracht Frankfurt.

To tell the truth, doubt has already been cast on a technology which currently continues to advance by leaps and bounds in arbitration.

Additional help to make more accurate and faster decisions.

What is semi-automatic offside and how does it work?

UEFA and FIFA’s urgency to speed up refereeing decisions has come to an end with the introduction of a new semi-automatic offside detection system.

SAOT is a technology with multiple cameras to better track players’ extremities and establish the precise moment of the pass.

Semi-automatic offside will be official at the Qatar World Cup.

There are between 10 and 12 cameras that detect 29 points on the player’s body, 50 times per second, and software analyzes the data in real time, perfectly calculating the moment of the pass and the position of the players.

Not only that, rather, it does it by inserting the grids to highlight the offside and then it automatically sends it to the VAR station, which has the answer to give the referee in the offside cases. targeted, which are the most numerous today.

A new era begins in football: the beginning of semi-automatic offside. Offside will be accurate and reliable.

Twelve cameras installed under the roof of the stadium will capture the movements of the ball and up to 29 data points for each player.

50 times per second, to calculate their exact positions on the field.

The 29 data sets collected include the limbs and body parts that are taken into account to generate an offside.

In addition, with this information, 3D images can be designed reflecting the player’s situation at the exact moment of offside and which can be shown on stadium video scoreboards and in match television broadcasts.

UEFA is constantly looking for new technological solutions to improve the game and support the work of referees.

The technology alone provides them with valuable support to make more accurate and faster decisions, especially when the offside incident is very tight and very difficult.

We talk about robot referees, it sounds good, but it’s not true. The field referees will continue to be decisive.

Semi-automatic offside will only be used when a footballer who is offside touches the ball.

If there is interference in the game it will be the referee’s decision. In four or five seconds, it will be possible to detect the offside, but it will be in 25 or 20 seconds if there is something very important.


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