FIFA has officially approved the use of “semi-automatic” technology for intrusion detection during the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
“Semi-automatic” intrusion detection technology is designed to speed up refereeing decisions and make them more reliable after the introduction of VAR at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
This technology, which has been tested during the Arab Cup competition at the end of 2021 and then the Club World Cup, will contribute to increased reliability and faster intrusion detection.
The technology has been called “semi-automatic” because the final decision on whether or not an offside is scored is ultimately up to VAR, unlike goal line detection technology, which unequivocally determines whether the ball crosses the line.
The new technology, which will be used at the global football tournament, which will take place from November 21 to December 18 next year, relies on 12 cameras placed on the stadium’s ceiling to monitor “up to 29 data points” for each player “50 times per second.” According to FIFA.
Semi-automatic offside technology will be used in the 2022 FIFA World Cup™. The system provides automatic notification of the team of match officials via video link. 3D animation improves communication with stadium fans and TV viewers.
— FIFA media (@fifamedia) July 1, 2022
A sensor located in the center of the ball sends data to the viewing room “500 times per second”, which allows you to determine when the ball is being played with much greater accuracy than the human eye can.
“Through the integration of (this) data and the use of artificial intelligence,” FIFA explained, “an alert will be sent to video referees “every time the ball is received by an attacker who was in an offside position at the time of the pass.”
“Within a few seconds, they (the video referees) will have to manually check the moment of the pass as well as the offside line before informing the head referee, who will make the final decision,” FIFA said in a statement.