Premier League To Introduce Semi-Automated Offside Technology

The Premier League will use semi-automated offside technology next season in the hopes of lowering the time it takes to make VAR rulings.

At a shareholders’ meeting on Thursday, top-tier clubs unanimously decided to implement the technology, which is expected to reduce the average time of a VAR examination for offside by around 30 seconds.

“The technology will provide quicker and consistent placement of the virtual offside line, based on optical player tracking, and will produce high-quality broadcast graphics to ensure an enhanced in-stadium and broadcast experience for supporters,” according to a statement released by the Premier League.

FIFA, football’s global governing body, deployed semi-automated offside technology at the 2022 men’s World Cup in Qatar following a series of trials, including the Club World Cup.

It is also utilized in the Champions League and the Italian Serie A.

Referees will still have to make subjective decisions, such as whether a player in an offside position is interfering with play.

The Premier League has not announced its technology partner, and no contracts have yet been signed.

The plan is to launch the technology after one of the international breaks in September, October, or November.

 

 

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