The Champions League and UEFA Super Cup will use semi-automatic offside technology

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Semi-automated offside technology (SAOT) will be used in the Champions League this season, following its introduction during next week’s UEFA Super Cup match between real Madrid and the EintrachtFrankfurtEuropean football’s governing body reported on Wednesday.

The system, which uses special cameras that track points on players’ bodies, will be used in the Helsinki Super Cup and then in the group stage of the Champions League.

“The UEFA constantly looking for new technological solutions to improve the game and support the work of the refereesUEFA refereeing chief Roberto Rosetti said in a statement.

“This innovative system will allow the teams of Video Assistant Referees (VAR) determine offside situations quickly and more accurately, improving the fluidity of the game and the consistency of decisions”.

UEFA said the new system It will work with special cameras that track 29 different body spots per player, with a total of 188 tests carried out since 2020, including all Champions League matches from last season, the knockout phase of the Women’s Champions League and the Women’s Euro Cup. .

“The system is ready to be used in official matches and implemented in each venue of the Champions LeagueRosetti said.

The Super Cup match will be played on August 10, and the English referee Michael Oliver will be in charge of directing the match.

The FIFAworld soccer’s governing body, said last month that SAOT would be used in the Qatar World Cup this year, promising more precise and much faster decisions.

Through the use of strategically placed cameras in stadiums and a chip on the match ball, FIFA claimed that the technology it will help to reduce VAR decisions on marginal offsides and reduce the time needed to check them.

Viewers will also be able to see some of the 3d animations when VAR decisions are explained on the stadium screen. (rts)

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