Only a few months remain until the FIFA World Cup 2022. FIFA announced that a new semi-automated offside technology will be used in this year’s FIFA World Cup 2022, which starts on November 21. This is because offsides are becoming more complicated and harder to spot.
This new technology is meant to be a “support tool for the video match officials and the on-field officials” so that offside calls can be made faster and more accurately. This new technology is said to be part of The Vision 2020-23, which says that “FIFA would try to use technology in football to its fullest potential and improve VAR.” So, what exactly does this new technology do?
The innovative support tool is made up of twelve tracking cameras that are put under the stadium roof so that the ball’s movements can be seen from anywhere. Also, each player will be tracked fifty times per second using twenty-nine data points. This information will be used to figure out exactly where each player is by taking into account their “relevant limbs and extremities.” This will help the referees make better offside calls.
As if that wasn’t enough, the official Adidas match ball for Qatar 2022, Al Rihla (which means “the journey” in Arabic), will have an inertial measurement unit (IMU) sensor in the middle that will send data to the video operation room 500 times per second, “allowing a very precise detection of the kick point.” @iMiaSanMia shows us what this kind of technology might look like:
When it comes to referee decisions, more openness will be much appreciated so that as little confusion as possible can be avoided. The team led by Hansi Flick would probably like this idea, too. At this point, it is unknown if this technology could be used by clubs in the Bundesliga, Premier League, La Liga, etc. Who can say? This helper might help Bayern Munich’s rivals catch up with the Stern des Südens.
Semi automated offside technology will be used at World Cup in Qatar. The technology provides accurate and faster decisions thanks to a sensor in the ball and 12 cameras tracking 29 data points on each player 50 times a second pic.twitter.com/iTc9a7e7jx— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) July 1, 2022