Semi-Automatic Offside Technology Used in 2022 World Cup – 1NEWS

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Semi-automatic offside technology will be used at the 2022 World Cup, promising more accurate and much faster decisions, world football’s governing body FIFA said on Friday (1/7/2022).
In what could be considered a remarkable development in match-leading, the technology will be able to solve controversial offside decisions with speed and accuracy unimaginable less than a decade ago.

Using cameras strategically placed around stadiums, and chips in match balls, FIFA said the technology would greatly help reduce Video Assistant Referee (VAR) persistent decisions on offside calls and reduce the time needed to check.

“We are already working with a more consistent use of VAR, particularly regarding the lines of intervention,” Pierluigi Collina, head of FIFA’s Refereeing Committee, told a news conference.

“We are aware that sometimes the length of time to check or review is too long, particularly with regards to offsides.”

The solution, FIFA says, called SAOT, will bring a futuristic, space-age feel to the game, with spectators able to see several 3D animations as VAR decisions are explained on giant screens in stadiums.

The technology has been tested at two tournaments in the past seven months and is expected to be approved for the World Cup in Qatar from November 21 to December 18. This will be used in all arenas in the tournament.