Semi-Automated offside Technology Debut at Asian Cup

Agencies – Sudan Events

The Asian Football Confederation announced today, Tuesday, the installation of a semi-automated offside technology in all matches of the Asian Cup in Qatar, becoming the first continental federation in the world to apply this technology in national team tournaments.

The Asian Cup will be held from January 12 to February 10.

Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa, President of the Asian Football Confederation, said: “Asian referees have confirmed their position globally, and implementing the semi-automated offside technology will contribute to raising their level.”
He added: “The Asian Confederation is determined to strengthen its leading arbitration position in the world, by adopting the latest technological initiatives, and fully implementing the video assistant referee system in the jewel of the Asian Championships.”

The semi-automated offside technology has undergone extensive tests, in accordance with the FIFA system and rules approved by the International Football Association Board.

The technology uses 13 specialized cameras, distributed strategically to determine the exact location of the ball and players on the field, specifically the location of the player’s limbs and the rest of his body parts that affect the offside decision.

The application of this technology will facilitate the examination of positions accurately and quickly, using artificial intelligence, as it alerts the video referee when there is a possibility of a player in an offside position immediately after receiving the ball, for verification..

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