August 3 – Within the newest try to enhance marginal VAR selections and enhance accuracy, UEFA has introduced that for the primary time it can use semi-automated offside know-how (SAOT) to detect when gamers are offside within the Champions League this season.
The system could have its European debut when Champions League holders Actual Madrid face Europa League champions Eintracht Frankfurt within the Tremendous Cup in Finland subsequent week.
Underneath the system, specialised cameras are positioned throughout stadiums to trace 29 physique elements of each participant and follows trials in a number of competitions over the previous two years with a complete of 188 exams. Whereas the referee and his assistants will nonetheless make on-field calls, it’s anticipated that the apply of rewinding TV footage will not be mandatory.
“UEFA is consistently in search of new technological options to enhance the sport and help the work of the referees,” UEFA Chief Refereeing Officer Roberto Rosetti mentioned in a press release.
“This progressive system will enable Video Assistant Referee (VAR) groups to find out offside conditions rapidly and extra precisely, enhancing the circulation of the sport and the consistency of the choices. The system is prepared for use in official matches and carried out at every Champions League venue.”
The know-how might be used from the group stage of the Champions League onwards as UEFA strikes forward of FIFA which is planning to make use of the system on the World Cup in Qatar.
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