FIFA announced on Friday that the semi-automatic offside technology will be used at the November to December 2022 World Cup in Qatar to make video assistant decisions faster and more reliable.
The world governing body of football announced on Friday that the system would be used in all 64 matches in Qatar.
In February, the new offside technology was tested at the Arab Cup and the Club World Cup.
The position of players is recorded more accurately than ever before thanks to a signal in the ball and a dozen cameras that record their movements.
A video assistant will review the data and immediately relay it to the referee on the field.
“Because the technology only responds when a player is in an offside position, match officials are still involved in the decision-making process.”
“In other words, the assessment of interfering with an opponent remains the responsibility of a match official,” FIFA referees chief Pierluigi Collina said in a statement.
In addition to more precise measurements, the technology is expected to speed up video assistant reviews for offside.
It currently takes 70 seconds on average, but the new system could reduce that to 25 seconds.
“I’ve been hearing a lot about ‘robot referees.’ “I understand that this is sometimes very good for headlines, but this is not the case,” Collina explained.
Fans in the stadium will be informed of decisions via video screens.