The 2022 World Cup will have “robo linesmen,” according to FIFA.
For Fifa’s global showcase, which begins in November, world chief Gianni Infantino is eager to use the “semi automated offside” system.
The technology, which employs ten cameras to track 29 body points of each player, was tested in four of Doha’s eight World Cup stadiums during the Club World Cup, which Liverpool won, and the Arab Cup, which was contested in four of Doha’s eight World Cup stadiums.
With all indications that the technology works, providing considerably faster offside calls than the existing VAR line-led system, international chiefs are expected to offer a good report at the International FA Board’s law-making annual general meeting on Monday.
“The technology simply provides them with valuable assistance in making more accurate and faster judgements, especially when the offside decision is really tight and challenging.”
However, the cameras provide real-time data, allowing assistant VAR offside operators to provide information to on-field officials in seconds.