The arrival of a welcome new technology for the refereeing of matches.
FIFA will introduce new offside technology at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. It will be based on a camera system that will follow the movements of the players, as well as a sensor in the ball.
New technology, like at every World Cup
FIFA said on Saturday it was ready to launch semi-automatic offside technology. This system will project 3D images on stadium screens to help fans understand the referee’s decision. This is the third World Cup where FIFA has introduced new technology to help referees.
As a reminder, goal line technology was implemented during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The installation of the latter was prompted by the backlash following refereeing errors in 2010. In 2018, video review was available to help referees judge game-changing incidents.
A system ready in time for the tournament
The new offside system promises faster and more accurate decisions than those currently made with VAR. Each stadium in Qatar will be equipped with 12 cameras, synchronized to track 29 points on each player’s body 50 times per second. The data will be processed by artificial intelligence to create a 3D offside line monitored by the team of VAR officials.
FIFA aims to make football’s biggest event a showcase of technological progress. Efforts have been made to have this new technology ready for November 2022. Indeed, the organization has been slowed down by the COVID-19 pandemic. Trials were carried out at the Arab Cup in Qatar last December and at the FIFA Club World Cup held in February in the United Arab Emirates.