August 10 – In a move that could revolutionize the game’s most important fielding calls, semi-automatic technology (SAOT) to speed up the time it takes to make offside decisions is used for the first time in European club competition. UEFA Super Cup today.
Real Madrid face Eintracht Frankfurt in the annual match between the winners of the Champions League and the Europa League.
VAR has been heavily criticized for being too time-consuming and inaccurate, so the system is being revamped with the introduction of SAOT, which was successfully trialled at last season’s Arab Cup and Club World Cup and will be used at the World Cup in Qatar.
Unlike the old VAR system, where decisions are made using broadcast cameras, semi-automatic offside monitors the exact position of the player using special cameras that can track 29 different points on the body.
“This innovative system allows video assistant referees (VAR) teams to determine offside situations quickly and more accurately, improving the flow of the game and the consistency of decisions,” said UEFA Chief Referee Roberto Rosetti last week.
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