FIFA To Deploy Robot Linesman At 2022 World Cup To Detect Offside In Seconds

The president of the world’s football governing body FIFA, Gianni Infantino, has considered introducing the “semi-automated offside” system at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

It was gathered that the system which uses 10 cameras to track 29 body points of each player was first adopted at the Club World Cup which was won by Premier League club Liverpool.

The technology was also used at the recent Arab Cup which was held inside four of the eight World Cup stadiums in Doha.

Reports have it that the technology worked well at the competitions as it resulted in extremely quicker offside calls than the VAR line-led system.

FIFA executives are expected to make a decision on the new idea during the annual general meeting of the law-making International FA Board.

Former Italian referee Pierluigi Collina who is also a FIFA referee chief said as per SunSport: “The referees and assistants are still responsible for the decision on the field of play. “The technology only gives them valued support to make more accurate and quicker decisions, particularly when the offside decision is very tight and difficult.” 

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