FIFA announces plans to introduce “advanced” offside technology at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar
According to Fifa, a machine will make the offside decision. Fifa said the offside rule will be “fully automated”, meaning the machine will analyse every situation and decide on the outcome before any human input can be given.
FIFA’s plan to introduce ‘advanced’ offside technology at the 2022 World Cup has raised eyebrows and prompted fears it will become a ‘black box’, but the organisation says it’s a good idea after all
A controversial plan to use “advanced offside” technology at the 2022 World Cup has drawn criticism from human rights groups and players who say the
An incredible number of cameras will be used in the stadiums to help the referees with the decision-making process.
According to FIFA, the cameras will help referees make their decisions by providing a 3D view of the pitch, allowing them to see the entire pitch from a bird’s-eye view.
The cameras will track a player throughout a match and provide detailed information about how they move and how they play.
The technology will allow the referee to compare the movement of players across multiple cameras, helping them to make more accurate and consistent decisions.
The cameras will be mounted in different locations around the pitch.
Each camera will record the game in high definition and send the information to the referee’s booth using ultrahigh-speed fibre optic lines.
The referees will use the technology to identify players on the pitch, the ball, whether a player is in an offside position and other key moments of the game.
An offside is the only way a player who is in an offside position can be scored on. This alert should cause the on-pitch referee to blow his whistle.
The VAR system was trialled at last year’s Arab Cup and Club World Cup, and it was estimated to have reduced the time taken to make offside VAR decisions from 70 to 25 seconds.
FIFA says that the system will only be used in tournaments if there is a clear advantage.
In fact, the system is being developed as an aid to referees, rather than a replacement for them.
The technology will not only be used during the 2019 Copa America but also during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The technology was created by French company Sportradar and was first tested at this year’s World Cup in Russia.
They say that the system is already helping referees to make better decisions, with fewer mistakes being made than at previous tournaments.
They are also confident that the system will only improve and become more accurate as the tournament progresses.
How the system works
The ball used for the World Cup in Brazil will be the first to be fully covered in sensors. There are 12 dedicated multi-tracking cameras that are “100% synchronised,” and there are 29 points on each player’s shirt that are tracked by the ball’s position and movement. The game will have more information and players will receive fewer yellow cards.
If an opponent is in an offside position, he will trigger an alert that can be relayed to the on-pitch referee.
It was tried out at the Arabian Cup last year and it shortened the time it took for offside VAR decisions from 70 to 25 seconds.
In a statement, Sportradar said: “The technology gives a better view of the pitch and thus to enhance the performance of the referees.”
How to watch?
Fifa released a video showing how the system
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