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FIFA announces the use of semi-automatic offside in the Qatar Cup. See how technology works – sports

The FIFA On Friday, the jury announced that World Cup Qatar It will use semi-automated intrusion detection technology, aiming to speed up matches and reduce VAR scan time. The resource’s use has been discussed for some time within the entity, and as of the beginning of June, it was still uncertain whether there would be approval.

Semi-Auto Stealth promises accurate resolutions on difficult tags within 20-25 seconds. Today, with VAR technology, the average time is 70 seconds. Implementation of the mechanism will involve a series of modifications ranging from the pitch to the ball used in matches. In Brazil, some hindrances take longer to get a valid check.

“We know that sometimes the offside verification process takes a long time. This is where technology comes in to deliver faster and more accurate decisions,” said Pierluigi Collina, Chairman of the FIFA Jury. “The tests were successful and we are very confident that in Qatar we will have a very valuable support tool to help referees and assistant referees make the best and healthiest decision on the field. The robot,” but it is not. Referees and assistants are still responsible for the decision on the field of play.”

How it works

The stadiums will be equipped with 12 overhead cameras to track the ball and the exact location of the players, with the ability to distinguish 29 specific points on each athlete’s body, 50 times per second. The ball, in turn, will have a sensor installed in its center to determine the exact moment the passer made contact with it.

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In other words, the automated system promises to collect the two basic parameters of offside offside: the position of the player who received the ball and the moment of the pass. Once the violation is noticed, the data will be processed by an artificial intelligence that will send an alert to the video judging team room.

The referees will then check the position and offside line, both of which are automatically generated, replacing the existing hand drawing of the line, before communicating the decision to the field referee. Then, 3D animations will be generated based on this data and displayed on stadium screens and on TV broadcasts, in order to make the process more transparent and fans quieter. This, however, will not happen immediately after the bid. Images should only appear to the public when you stop after the hack.


According to FIFA, a survey is being conducted by the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich to provide more information about the capabilities of multi-camera tracking systems. In addition, he stated that more tests will be conducted in the coming months to “adjust the system before implementing a global standard”. FIFA always decides that its new rules apply in competitions.

“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 the Qatar World Cup later this year. FIFA is proud of this work, and we hope to see the benefits of semi-automatic stealth technology at the World Cup. FIFA is committed to harnessing technology To improve the game of football at all levels,” said Gianni Infantino, President of FIFA.

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Details of the configuration of the new technology will be presented to the teams participating in the Qatar Cup between July 4-5, when the team workshop will take place in Doha.