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FIFA World Cup has made a subtle yet significant change to its upcoming World Cup in Qatar as it announces a semi-automated offside system.
The new technology utilizes a limb-tracking camera system to track player movements and a sensor in the ball.
Dubbed SAOT, the new technology utilizes 12 cameras mounted underneath the stadium’s roof, tracking 29 data points on each player at a rate of 50 times per second.
The result sees a near exact position in relation to the pitch.
FIFA has additionally worked with Adidas to ensure that the match ball will be equipped with an inertial measurement unit sensor, sending data to the operation room at the rate of 500 times per second.
The new technology provides an automated offside alert to the video match officials inside the video operation room whenever the ball is received by an attacker who was in an offside position at the moment the ball was played by a team-mate… this process happens within a few seconds and means that offside decisions can be made faster and more accurately,” the football association claims.
The 2022 FIFA World Cup will run from November 21 to December 18.