FIFA relies on technology for its semi-automated VAR Reday for use in the Qatar World Cup

Semi-automated video assistant judge technology to help make faster decisions could be ready for the World Cup in Qatar later this year, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said on Monday.

Testing of the AI ​​technology will continue in the coming months, but Infantino said significant progress has been made.

“We tested it at the World Club Championship and it looks very good. We are very pleased and we will make a decision before the tournament, “said Infantino at a press conference in Doha after a meeting of the board of the International Football Association governing the law of the game.

Pierluigi Collina, chairman of the FIFA Judges Committee, added: “I am convinced that this can happen.”

The semi-automated VAR, which will detect offside in seconds, uses automatic ball detection and instantly creates three-dimensional player position models.

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IFAB has, as expected, approved the use of five substitutes in the Gaming Act.

It was first introduced as a rule change due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but has now become permanent, although its use in various competitions will remain at the discretion of the organizing authority.

For example, when 2020 In May, when FIFA first came up with the idea, the Premier League had five substitutes, but there have been three substitutes in the last two seasons. However, they agreed to have five reserve players from next season.

It was also decided to increase the maximum number of reserve players on the bench from 12 to 15 – again at the discretion of the competition organizer.

These changes will take effect on July 1.

IFAB also discussed attacks on judges and the possibility of wearing body cameras to act as a deterrent, as well as gathering evidence.

“Judges will benefit from the potential protection that is unfortunately still going on in many parts of the world,” Infantino said.

“We are being attacked by players, officials, spectators and parents, so we have to be very strong.

He also said that in youth tournaments in Italy, the Netherlands and Sweden, attempts to change the remote law and make decisions will be less significant.

Attempts would also be made to find ways to keep time better. “It is unacceptable that in a 90-minute game, the ball is played for an average of only 47-48 minutes. We have to look into it, ”Infantino added.

(With agency contribution)

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