Qatar World Cup: Censors in football, FIFA to bring new technology for ‘off-side’ decisions

FIFA World Cup-2022: FIFA has introduced new technology to assist referees in the third consecutive World Cup. The ball will be fitted with a ‘sensor’ that will instantly display three-dimensional images on the stadium’s screen. The new ‘Off Side’ system will provide much more accurate and quicker decisions than the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system.

Football’s global body FIFA will introduce new technology to improve ‘off-side’ decisions at this year’s World Cup in Qatar, using a ‘limb-tracking camera’ system (to monitor foot movements) . FIFA said on Friday that it is ready to launch a “semi-automated offside” technology (SAOT) in which multiple cameras monitor player movements.

In addition, the ball will be fitted with a ‘sensor’ that will instantly display three-dimensional images on the stadium’s screen to help fans understand the referee’s decision. This will be the third consecutive World Cup in which FIFA has introduced new technology to assist referees.

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The ‘goal line’ technique was devised for the 2014 tournament in Brazil because several referees made too many mistakes in 2010. Then in 2018, the video ‘review’ was introduced, which on several occasions helped the referee to decide on the events that changed the course of the match.

The new ‘Off Side’ system will provide much more accurate and quicker decisions than the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system. However, there were no major offside mistakes in the 2018 World Cup. Pierluigi Colina, who led FIFA’s ‘referencing’ program and worked in the 2002 World Cup final in the pre-Technology era, said: “The device is very accurate, it could probably be improved further.”

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