‘Semi-automated offside’ technology will be used during the World Cup in Qatar. It was revealed at the International Football Association Board (IFAB) meeting last June. But we don’t have to wait until then. Real Madrid will face Eintracht Frankfurt in the UEFA Super Cup next Wednesday in Helsinki, Finland. Semi-automated offside technology will be used in this match.
After that, the European football governing body UEFA said that the technology will be used in the Champions League as well. This UEFA Super Cup match will be the first time this technology has been used in a European club competition. This technology will use optical tracking methods to give an accurate decision on the offside.
The location of players and balls on the field can be understood in real-time via infrared markers. The semi-automated offside system was tested at the FIFA Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi in February this year and the Arab Cup in Qatar last December. This technology will tell the exact position of the ball and the player using special cameras on the field.
The semi-automated offside system will identify 29 body locations of each player on the field and generate their three-dimensional shape.
After the final decision, artificial intelligence technology will show the moment of the event in three-dimensional animation on the big screen of the field. FIFA calls this technology ‘semi-automated’. Because the final decision will be made by the match officials.
UEFA Chief Referee Officer Roberto Rossetti said in a statement, “UEFA is constantly looking for new technologies to improve the quality of the game and help referees. This innovative technology will help video assistant referees (VAR) make quick and accurate offside decisions without disrupting the flow of play. ‘ Since 2020, UEFA has benefited from 188 trial uses of this technology. “This technology is now ready for official matches,” said Rossetti.
It will be installed in every Champions League venue. English referee Michael Oliver has been given the responsibility of officiating the UEFA Super Cup matches. Oliver has been officiating matches in international matches and UEFA club competitions since 2012. Officiated 3 matches including the quarter-finals of Euro 2020.