There’s nothing worse than a long VAR check for offside when your football team just scored the winning goal, but this new technology will put an end to all that.
FIFA has reportedly spent the past three years testing its semi-automatic offside tool.
And now it’s approved for use in major tournaments like the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
But what is semi-automatic offside and will it be used in the Champions League this season?
What is semi-automatic offside?
The semi-automated offside tool is a technology being introduced to make VAR decisions faster and more accurate.
This will be done by a system using a computer tracker of 29 body parts of each player, combined with a microchip inside the ball.
This is expected to determine the position of the players at the time the ball was played.
Thus, in the event of an offside situation, the camera room will receive an automatic alert along with an automatically selected point and instant lines drawn within a few seconds of the incident.
The match officials would then have to confirm the proposed hitting point chosen and the offside line drawn before VAR would issue a final on-field decision.
Additional VAR officials will be responsible for determining the offside position with an algorithm providing a 3D animation explaining the error in an average of 25 seconds.
And that illustration is then available on the stadium’s giant screens and for TV viewers to watch at the next stoppage of play.
Will it be used in the Champions League?
The semi-automatic offside technology was originally intended to be used in the first leg of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
However, UEFA got ahead of FIFA as it was involved in the Supercup match between Real Madrid and Eintracht Frankfurt.
And now it has become known that they will use a new tool in the Champions League this season.
What was said?
UEFA’s head of refereeing, Roberto Rosetti, believes that semi-automatic offside technology will be useful to match referees, players and fans.
Rosetti said: “We are constantly looking for new technological solutions to improve the game and support the work of referees.
“This innovative system will enable VAR teams to identify offside situations faster and more accurately, improving game flow and decision sequencing.
“The system is ready for use in official matches and has been implemented in every Champions League stadium.”