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Fifa confirm use of semi-automated offsides at World Cup 2022

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Alex Mott

Fifa have confirmed that semi-automated offsides will be used at this winter’s World Cup in Qatar.

Following Video Assistant Referee technology in Russia 2018, the game’s governing body have now confirmed that the next phase of automated officiating will be used later this year.

A chip inside each official match ball at the World Cup, as well as 12 dedicated tracking cameras in each stadium will help, in real time, give tight offside calls during the tournament.

Working with adidas and Fifa’s own Working Group for Innovation Excellence, a number of trials over the past couple of years have proven successful enough for full use in Qatar.

Fifa president Gianni Infantino said: “At the FIFA World Cup in 2018, FIFA took the brave step to use VAR technology on the world’s biggest stage, and it has proven to be an undisputable success.

“Semi-automated offside technology is an evolution of the VAR systems that have been implemented across the world.

“This technology is the culmination of three years of dedicated research and testing to provide the very best for the teams, players and fans who will be heading to Qatar later this year, and FIFA is proud of this work, as we look forward to the world seeing the benefits of semi-automated offside technology at the FIFA World Cup 2022.

“FIFA is committed to harnessing technology to improve the game of football at all levels, and the use of semi-automated offside technology at the FIFA World Cup in 2022 is the clearest possible evidence.”

The World Cup will kick off on Monday November 21 with Senegal v Netherlands.

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