At the 2022 World Cup, FIFA could revolutionize the world of modern football. The governing body of world football will launch, for the first time in a World Cup, the semi-automated offside.
After VAR in 2018, FIFA launched a semi-automated offside. This system will greatly help the referees and contribute to the speed of the offside check after a disputed goal. Thus, several seconds could be saved in the game. Note that this system uses a sensor in the ball and cameras that follow the movements of each player.
FIFA President, Gianni Infantino stated that “At the FIFA World Cup in 2018, FIFA took the brave step to use VAR technology on the world’s biggest stage, and it has proven to be an indisputable success. Semi-automated offside technology is an evolution of the VAR systems that have been implemented across the world.“
“This technology is the culmination of three years of dedicated research and testing to provide the very best for the teams, players and fans who will be heading to Qatar later this year, and FIFA is proud of this work, as we look forward to the world seeing the benefits of semi-automated offside technology at the FIFA World Cup 2022. FIFA is committed to harnessing technology to improve the game of football at all levels, and the use of semi-automated offside technology at the FIFA World Cup in 2022 is the clearest possible evidence.”