FIFA to test semi-automated offside VAR at Arab Cup

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Camera systems will be installed on the roof of each stadium and the information will be passed on to a video assistant who can then alert the referee.

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FIFA, football’s world governing body, will use the Arab Cup in Qatar to attempt semi-automatic detection of offsides using special cameras and a dedicated offside video assistant.

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A camera system will be installed on the roof of each stadium and the information will be passed on to a video assistant who can then alert the referee.

According to Johannes Holzmueller, FIFA Director of Football Technology and Innovation, “Limb-tracking data extracted from the video will be sent to the operations room and provided with the calculated offside line and the detected kick-point.”

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“The replay operator then has the opportunity to show it to the VAR immediately. In the FIFA Arab Cup, the assistant VAR at a dedicated offside station can immediately verify and confirm the information.”

However, the final decision will always be delegated to the officials and referees of the VAR Room.

If the results are positive, the system could be used in the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

Pierluigi Colina, chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee described Touted the semi-automatic offside technique as “the most important test ever”.

“Technology is very important and useful in both the pre-match preparation and the decision-making process during matches,” he added.

“In an offside event, the decision is made after analyzing not only the players’ position, but also their participation in the move. Technology – today or tomorrow – can draw a line but not the game or the opponent’s.” The assessment of interfering with remains in the hands of the referee.”

The Arab Cup, to be played in four stadiums of Qatar, has started from Tuesday.

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