FIFA announced this Friday, July 1, that it will use semi-automated technology to detect offside in the Qatar 2022 World Cup, with twelve cameras installed under the roof of each stadium to capture ball movements and up to 29 points of data of each player that will be taken 50 times per second.
In this way, the exact positions on the field of the extremities and parts of the body that are taken into account to signal an offside will be calculated.
The ball will have an inertial measurement unit (IMU) inside it, which will send a data packet 500 times per second to the video room, making it possible to detect with absolute precision the exact moment when the ball is hit.
The new technology will provide an automatic warning to the video room whenever an attacker who is in an offside position receives a ball. To corroborate your proposal, the video referee team will manually check the exact moment of the hit, as well as the offside line also created automatically and based on the positions of the player’s extremities.
Once the decision is confirmed, the data will generate an animation that will be displayed on the video scoreboards and distributed to televisions, reported FIFA, which will continue to test the tool in the coming months.
“At FIFA we are very proud of this work and we look forward to seeing the benefits of this technology at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. FIFA is determined to harness technological advances to improve football at all levels,” said FIFA President Gianni Infantino.