A new semi-automated refereeing system will be implemented at the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. This would make it possible to offer better decisions in offside situations using a new system using artificial intelligence.
No more matches that switch to imaginary or unspoken offsides. Technology will invite itself to the next Football World Cup hoping to remedy this.
The next football meeting will take place at the end of 2022 in Qatar. FIFA announced the installation of cameras supported by an artificial intelligence system to help referees make better decisions regarding offside situations.
A system that tracks the course of the game several hundred times per second
During the competition, a sensor will be placed directly in the ball as well as 12 cameras arranged under the roof of the stadium. This device will track the position of the ball 500 times per second and use AI to automatically track 29 specific points on players’ bodies at a rate of 50 times per second.
Software will then use all the data collected to send automated alerts to the refereeing corps when a player finds himself in an offside situation. The referees located in the control room will then be able to validate or not the decision and indicate to the main referee on the ground the right decision to take.
A faster tool than VAR
FIFA says this process will only take a few seconds and will allow for more efficient decision-making during matches. All the data collected will also provide the means to create automated animations to show the reason for the decision and can be used on the screens of the stadium and by the television channels which will broadcast the matches of the competition.
This new system follows the latest major innovation in refereeing decision-making in football with the adoption of Video Refereeing (VAR) which now allows referees to review certain actions from a pitchside screen. But it may take some time to reach a decision. This technology has already been implemented at the 2018 World Cup.
FIFA Referees Committee Chairman Pierluigi Collina, however, said the final decision on the pitch will rest with the referees and assistant referees. This technology should simply make it easier for them.
This new addition took three years of research and testing. This technology should come into action from the opening match of the competition between Senegal and the Netherlands on 21 November.
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