FIFA is preparing to globalize a new technology in football, just like the VAR system. The “semi-automated offside technology” called SAOT, or “semi-automated offside technology”, will no longer cause offside controversies. FIFA announced that semi-automated offside technology will be used in the 2022 World Cup.
After the VAR technology that started in soccer in 2018, a new technology will enter the field: SAOT.
Started in 2020, the semi-automatic offside technology is getting ready to be implemented. The system, which was first tested at the FIFA Arab Cup held in Qatar in November-December 2021, received full marks and was officially announced by FIFA.
TO BE USED IN 2022
FIFA has announced that semi-automatic offside technology will be used at the 2022 World Cup.
— Bryan Swanson (@fifa_bryan) July 1, 2022
HOW DOES THE SYSTEM WORK?
The system is similar to the ‘goal-line technology’ used in the English Premier League, Champions League and major European leagues. In semi-automatic offside technology, the system’s own special cameras deployed in the stadium, as well as images from broadcaster cameras, are converted into a 3D image with the help of artificial intelligence in a virtual environment.
Artificial intelligence can clearly identify the moment the ball leaves the foot and the player suspected of offside. Within seconds, the result is visually transmitted to the VAR referee. After a check in the VAR room, the center referee is informed whether the position is offside or not.