The introduction of the new technology will be a major upgrade for the VAR system.
FIFA has refined and tested many technologies over the past few years. In our rapidly changing technological world, football has also been hit by tech fever to improve its gameplay. The video assistant review system and goal line technology have shown promise in improving the game in the past.
The VAR, however, has also been heavily criticized for its time-consuming procedures and accuracy issues. FIFA are currently revamping the VAR system and introducing semi-automated offside technology – a move that could revolutionize the game. The technology made its successful debut at the FIFA Club World Cup. It will now be used in the 2022 UEFA Super Cup Final and the 2022 UEFA Champions League group stage. It will also be used in the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
FIFA to use latest semi-automated offside at next FIFA World Cup
The latest semi-automated offside is set to feature in the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Qatar and the UEFA Super Cup. Speaking to the media. FIFA President Gianni Infantino said: “At the FIFA World Cup in 2018, FIFA made the brave decision to use VAR technology on the biggest stage in the world, and it turned out turned out to be an unquestionable success.”
He added: “Semi-automated offside technology is an evolution of VAR systems that have been implemented across the world. This technology is the culmination of three years of dedicated research and testing to bring the best to the teams, players and fans heading to Qatar later this year. And FIFA is proud of this work, as we look forward to the world seeing the benefits of semi-automated offside technology at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.”
What is semi-automated offside technology and how is it different from VAR?
Unlike the old VAR system, where decisions are made using broadcast cameras, semi-automated offside technology will be a huge improvement. 22 cameras will be installed on the roof of the stadium using FIFA’s new semi-automated offside technology. This is to monitor the exact position of a player during the game.
A total of 29 data points on each player will be worked on to cover all limbs and extremities that can cause an offside. In addition to all this, the match balls will also be equipped with sensors. At the 2022 World Cup, the official match ball’Al Rihala‘ will be equipped with sensors that will transmit data 500 times per second. Since conventional cameras are only capable of delivering 50 frames per second. This technology is bound to provide a more accurate decision.
A 3D animation video will then be generated using data collected from ball sensors, roof cameras and artificial intelligence. To provide a detailed representation of each action. In addition, fans can also view these technical decisions on their screens and on the giant screens in the stadiums.
Semi-automated offside technology is the future
The development of semi-automated offside technology was not accomplished overnight by FIFA. This technology has been in development for more than three years by football’s governing body. He has so far received rave reviews from the footballing diaspora. It also received good reviews at events like the 2021 FIFA Arab Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup, where it was used.
Semi-automated offside will also bring the joy of instant moments back to football. VAR has been constantly criticized for killing this human aspect of the game. According to FIFA Referees Committee Chairman Pierluigi Collina, the semi-automated offside will give a decision within four to five seconds.
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