Qatar World Cup 2022: semi-automatic infiltration and technology at the service of football

Lausanne (Switzerland): Four years after the adoption of VAR technology at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, football fans will discover a new innovation at the World Cup in Qatar, with “semi-automatic” intrusion detection that should speed up and make Referees’ decisions are more reliable. This technology, adopted in the first World Cup held in Middle East from November 20 to December 18, is considered more conservative than the “VAR” and mimics the arena referee for the movement of the screen, or even for the thrilling minutes during which the game stops, The controversy over generous kicks of rigor. The International Football Association (FIFA) has decided to follow the same approach and focus more on the increasing use of technology at the highest level in the world of football, and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil was considered the first stop when technology was used to verify that the ball crossed the goal line. The “semi-automatic infiltration technology” was approved by the global body in early July, after “three years of research and test”if it had been during the Arabian Cup competitions at the end of 2021 and then in the World Cup for club. The idea adopted by the European Union (Wifa) in this season in the Champions League competition, it is all about pushing the limits of the human eye, which is not accurate for locating players and the ball in any time, and then accurately determine the line when there is an offside situation. – Not an “automated infiltration” – he said in this is the context of the head of the Italian arbitration committee Pierluigi Collina at the beginning of July: “We know that the process of verifying a possible infiltration sometimes takes a long time, especially when it occurs a few centimeters”. Collina, who refereed the 2002 World Cup final, stressed that while semi-automatic offside allows for “quicker and more accurate decisions”, it is not “automated offside”. The final decision will always be up to the referees and assistant referees in field”. In Qatar, this system will use 12 cameras placed under the roof of the stadium and will monitor “up to 29 data points” for each player “50 times per second”, including “parties and related parties to analyze intrusion cases,” he explained. authorities in July / July. Since it all depends exactly on when the ball is played, a sensor will be placed in the center of the official World Cup ball “The Journey” and will send the data “500 times per second” to the viewing room, leading to a two-step process. : launch, with the help of artificial intelligence, a warning ‘in real time ‘will be sent to video referees’ every time an attacker receives the ball while it is in offside position during the pass’. – Mbappe example – Video referees will then need to ‘manually check’ this warning, which should only last a few seconds, before informing the arena referee who will make the final decision. Once the offside is confirmed, the same positional data will be transmitted to a 3D animation “detailing the position of the players’ limbs during the game”, broadcast “from the best possible angle” on large stadium screens and made available to carriers. Despite taking this step, it is impossible to detect in fully automatic offside cases and eliminate disputes in the background of these cases since once taken in considering the position of the players, it remains to be assessed whether the opponent touched the ball intentionally. Confirmation of French striker Kylian Mbappe’s controversial victory goal against Spain in the UEFA Nations League final in October 2021 was a good example, as the Paris Saint-Germain player who was closest to the Roja defender’s goal was not taken in consideration. is in offside for the Catalan defender’s attempt to intercept the ball. UEFA also expressed its affection after the incident, judging the decision “correct” but contrary to the “spirit of the game”, and asked for a rewriting of the law stipulated by the International Council, the guardian of the laws of football, a project that is still in suspended. (AFP)