November 30 – The use of technology to help officials spot offside more accurately is being tested in the Arabian Cup, which begins today in Qatar.
The ‘semi-automatic peripheral’ feature works using between 10 and 12 cameras and a dedicated offside video assistant.
FIFA chief referee Pierluigi Collina said the Arab Cup represented the most important trial of offside law to date.
“VAR has had a very positive impact in football and the number of big mistakes has gone down, but there are still areas for improvement – and offside is one of them,” Collina said.
This technology provides information to the Video Assistant Referee before the referee makes the final call.
“We will install a camera under the roof of each stadium,” said FIFA Director of Football Technology and Innovation, Johannes Holzmueller.
“Detailed tracking data extracted from the video is sent to the operating rooms and the offside line is calculated and the detected spotting score provided to the replay operator in near real time. .
“The replay moderator then has the opportunity to render it immediately to VAR. At the FIFA Arab Cup, the VAR assistant at a dedicated offside station can verify and confirm information instantly. ”
The game has seen many controversial offsides since the advent of VAR, with growing concern about the time taken and the accuracy of assessed offsides.
FIFA’s Director of Global Football Development, Arsene Wenger in April said he hoped the semi-automated system could be used at next year’s World Cup.
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