Semi-automated offside technology tested in Düsseldorf

Following on from the VAR technology tests that were conducted successfully during the FIFA Club World Cup 2020™, additional trials were required in order to further develop new and existing technologies.

In April, a semi-automated offside technology test took place in Düsseldorf, Germany, where the aim was to integrate various outputs from technology providers to build the semi-automated offside solution(s). The focus was on ensuring working Precision Time Protocol (PTP) integration from the broadcaster and amongst technology providers to ensure synchronised data streams.

A continuation of the previous tests focused on looking at integrated working solutions with live outputs is scheduled to take place in the coming months. The aim here will be to look at providing a basis for an immediate decision and depicting the offside lines live in real time and in sync with the ball data as well as looking at the quality of the outputs.