Premier League

FA keen on bringing semi-automated offside technology used during Qatar World Cup to Premier League

Rajarshi ShuklaRajarshi Shukla

October 20 2023
FA keen on bringing semi-automated offside technology used during Qatar World Cup to Premier League

Var has been error-prone in the Premier League this season

After a string of high-profile VAR gaffes in the Premier League, the FA is eager to implement the semi-automated offside system used at the Qatar World Cup.

At the close of September, Luis Diaz’s denied goal for Liverpool against Tottenham Hotspur was the most egregious—though by no means unique—case of a video assistance referee (VAR) incorrectly ruling that a player was offside. PGMOL cited “significant human error” as the cause.

In European football, computerised offside technology is used, however, the Premier League rejected it before the 2023–24 season. The technology that may have shielded the Premier League’s match referees from some well-deserved criticism is explained in detail here.

The roofs of stadiums are covered with a dozen cameras, which gather information from 29 points of data on a player’s body 50 times each second.

When touch has been made, an electrode in the centre of the object, which generates 500 readings every second, detects it accurately. AI-powered software nearly immediately parses this avalanche of data.

There is still a lot of room for debate in this. Nathan Ake’s goal for Manchester City against Fulham earlier this year was upheld despite Bernd Leno’s view being obscured by an offside Manuel Akanji. Later, the current referees supervisor Howard Webb acknowledged that it was a “clear” mistake.

The decision was made that there was no need to have a thorough discussion on the new technology because all teams have the opportunity to vote as shareholders in the league.

The league’s administrators were worried that the technology, which FIFA started testing in November 2021, would soon grow out of touch.

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