FIFA will test limb-tracking offside tech at the Arab Cup

It is based on the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology which plays an increasingly important role in football. In this year’s edition of the Arab Cup, which kicks off on Tuesday, the organization will be designed to help officials assess whether players are offenders, representing the system’s most significant experiment to date.

The offside rule is supposed to prevent players from staying too close to the opponent’s goal. , if the attacker’s team plays the ball forward when one of his teammates is ahead of the ball and the defender is second to last (including the goalkeeper), then this is a foul. In the 2020-21 season, Premier League, 32 goals for offside after the VAR review.

The semi-automated stealth system collects up to 29 data points 50 times per second for each player, according to . Between 10 and 12 cameras will be installed under the roof of each stadium. The system will use party tracking data to calculate the offside streak at the moment the ball is played (ie the “kick point”). If it detects an intrusion violation, it will alert the restart operator, who can review the incident in near real time.

“The replay player then has the opportunity to be shown immediately on VAR technology,” said Johannes Holzmueller, Director of Football Technology and Innovation at FIFA. “In the Arab Cup, the Assistant Video Assistant, at a dedicated offside station, is able to validate and confirm information on the spot.” The video referee can then inform the match referee of the decision.

The system can detect intrusion errors faster than the current VAR setup, which helps games flow more smoothly. Everything is going well, the technology can be used in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The system has been tested in England, Spain and Germany. There were plans to test it more widely last year, but the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted that.

“Technology is very important and useful in both pre-match preparation and the decision-making process during matches,” said Pierluigi Collina, FIFA’s Chief Refereeing Officer. “In an offside incident, the decision is made after analyzing not only the players’ position but also their participation in the move. Technology – today or tomorrow – can draw a line but the assessment of interference in play or with the opponent remains in the hands of the referee.”

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