The body governing football in the world FIFA has introduced a new technology ahead of the FIFA World Cup that will be hosted in Qatar.
The body announced this on its official website on Friday, July 1st, 2022. According to reports from FIFA, the introduction of the semi-automated offside is introduced to assist the referees in games at the World Cup.
The Artificial Intelligence( AI) will serve as a replacement for the VAR manual linking lines whenever a player is caught in an offside position. The goal of this technology is to help reduce the time that is being wasted by VAR officials whenever a player is in an offside position.
A sensor will be placed in all the balls that will be used at the World Cup which can record data 500 times in a second whenever the ball is being kicked. The players will be mapped out in a way that will create an AI-model position, almost the same as the goal-line technology.
The fans in the Stadium and viewers in their various homes will be provided with a 3D animation which will help to see the offside position of a player. This is expected to reduce the time spent in detecting an offside position from 70 seconds to 25 seconds.
— Bryan Swanson (@fifa_bryan) July 1, 2022