FIFA has announced that it will use AI-powered cameras to help referees make offside calls at the 2022 World Cup. According to Sky sports, the technology will work in such a way that a sensor of Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) will be placed inside the ball. This sensor, positioned in the center of the ball, sends ball data to the video operating room 500 times per second, allowing very precise detection of the strike point.
It is expected that the new technology will use 12 dedicated tracking cameras mounted under the stadium roof to track the ball and up to 29 data points of each individual player, 50 times per second, calculating their exact position on the pitch.
Technology which was successfully tested at the 2021 FIFA Arab Cup and last year’s FIFA Club World Cup will see video match officials receive offside alerts, with decisions validated manually before being communicated to the referee on the field.
Stressing that humans – not “robots” – were still in charge of the game, FIFA Referees Committee chairman Pierluigi Collina said the aim of the new system was to allow referees to take faster and more accurate decisions.
The FIFA World Cup kicks off in Qatar on Monday, November 21 at Al Thumama Stadium while the knockout stage begins on Saturday 3 December. The final will be played at the Lusail Stadium in Doha, the capital of Qatar.