“Semi-automated offside technology” will be used from the group stage of the Champions League.© Twitter
UEFA announced on Wednesday that “semi-automated offside technology” will be used in this season’s Champions League group stage as well as next week’s Super Cup. The optical tracking system was tested at the FIFA Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi in February and last year’s Arab Cup. FIFA has confirmed that it will be for the World Cup in Qatar. The data-driven, organ-tracking technology uses dedicated and broadcast cameras around the stadium to give accurate positions of players on the pitch, providing match officials with accurate information within seconds.
“This innovative system will allow VAR teams to determine offside positions quicker and more accurately, increasing the flow of the game and consistency of decisions,” said Roberto Rossetti, chief refereeing officer of UEFA.
Specialized cameras enable the system to generate 29 body points per player. UEFA said that 188 tests have been conducted since 2020.
“The system is ready to be used in official matches and has been implemented at every Champions League venue,” Rossetti said.
It will be introduced in Europe for the first time on 10 August at the UEFA Super Cup between Real Madrid and Eintracht Frankfurt in Helsinki.
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