At the 2018 World Cup, we saw for the first time a technology that has saved more than one team: VAR. Now, for the Qatar 2022 World Cup, they have developed a new ‘semi-automatic offside’ system, as announced by FIFA through a tweet on your official account. The adoption of this new system will allow to detect offsides for goals scored in a doubtful position.
The refereeing team will have access to an automated animation; For this, there will be ten cameras strategically located to locate the geoposition of the forwards and defenders involved in the offside. In addition, the usual cameras will be used for broadcasts. All lenses will be able to track 29 body points of each player in order to follow their position and movements. The collected information will then be transmitted to the assistant in the VAR room.
The animation that is developed with this information specifies where each part of a player’s body was, including the ball of the foot, the heel, a knee or a lead hand. For greater precision, the official World Cup ball, the Adidas Al Rihla, will once again have a sensor on the chip inside it, in this way it will be possible to know the exact moment in which the ball was hit.
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When a referee decides to call an offside, he can approach the VAR to create the “semi-automated” animation, which will take only 25 seconds. When the animation is generated, the referee will be able to access it and it will be broadcast on the video scoreboards so that the attendees can see it immediately. Before arriving in Qatar, this system was tested in the Arabian Cup and in the Winter Club World Cup. Now, it will arrive at the 2022 World Cup and it is expected that the national federations and leagues will adopt this technology.