FIFA decides to test semi-automated technology ahead of 2022 World Cup

The International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) has taken important decisions on the sidelines of its meeting today in Qatar, ahead of the 2022 World Cup.

She decided to continue testing the semi-automated technology before using it at the World Cup.

On the occasion of its 136th Annual General Meeting, held in Doha, Qatar, FIFA decided to continue testing semi-automated offside detection technology (SAOT). This technology had already been tested last year, at the FIFA Arab Cup and then during the FIFA Club World Cup. Experimentation continues with the aim of introducing this new tool during the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

The semi-automated offside detection technology is an extension of the video referee assistance system, already used in 47 countries and more than 100 competitions worldwide, including those organized by FIFA. Several television cameras and ten dedicated cameras are installed in the stadium to follow 18 data points on each player, in order to establish his position on the field. By the start of the World Cup, the number of data points per player should increase to 29.

This data is then transmitted to the assistant in charge of offside decisions. The latter carries out the verification and transmits his recommendation to the VAR and the referee on the field. This procedure takes place in real time, which means that a decision can be made in seconds.

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