As part of the setup for the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar, FIFA adopted the semi-automated offside system on July 1, 2022. During football games, the unique semi-automated technology will assist the officials. Human error will decrease as a result, and decisions will be made more quickly.
What does offside mean?
Here is a basic explanation of offside for people who are unfamiliar with the game’s regulations. A player is in an offside position when “any part of the head, body, or feet is in the opponents’ half and any part of the head, body, or feet is closer to the opponents’ goal line than both the ball and the second-last opponent,” according to TheFA.com.
One of the most important aspects of the game is the offside. Due to contentious rulings made in favor of particular clubs, referees are frequently criticized. The fact is that they often make mistakes because they have so little time to react. As a result, semi-automated technology will be used, which will not only produce a choice that is more accurate but also clear up any uncertainties in the industry.
In the most recent Living Football podcast, Johannes Holzmüller, the FIFA Director of Football Technology & Innovation, discusses the new semi-automated offside technology. Watch the entire program here: https://t.co/FfNxcAwiNr — FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) December 1, 2021
How will it operate?
The stadium roofs will have 12 specialized cameras placed to track the ball and up to 29 data points for each player. Their precise location will be determined 50 times every second by the algorithm. All relevant player body parts that could result in an offside will be gathered, discovered, and examined using the data.
The official ball for the matches at the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar will contain a sensor, according to a separate FIFA announcement. It will be inside the ball, at the center. The sensor will transmit information 500 times per second to the VAR (virtual assistance referees) room.
Data from both sensors will be combined, and AI algorithms will raise an offside alert. After making a decision, the referee and the general audience will be able to view a 3D animation of the scenario illustrating the precise lines offside.
ICYMI, for the #FIFAWorldCup, semi-automated offside technology will be deployed, providing a tool for video and on-field officials.
To educate fans, 3D animations will be displayed on the large displays and made available to FIFA’s partners.
This is the procedure.
— FIFA.com, July 1, 2022 (@FIFAcom).
Was it previously formally tested?
According to FIFA, previous testing have been conducted during recognized competitions including the FIFA Club World Cup and the FIFA Arab Cup. This is currently the most significant advance since the use of VAR during the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The referee’s lengthy evaluation of a particular situation is one of the main problems with VAR. AI is anticipated to greatly reduce this time.
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