August 14, 2022

FIFA 2022 to showcase “Robo linesmen”

FIFA has announced the introduction of “robo linesmen” at the 2022 World Cup.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino said the “semi-automated offside” system for Fifa’s global showpiece starts in November 2022. 

Trials of the system, which uses 10 cameras to track 29 body points of each player, took place in the Club World Cup won by Liverpool and the Arab Cup held in four of Doha’s eight World Cup stadiums.

And with all the signs that the technology does work, bringing far quicker offside calls than under the current VAR line-led system, world chiefs are due to give a positive update.

The meeting was held in Qatar, after the initial March date in Zurich was postponed as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

FIFA is understood to be ready to state there are no impediments to the full introduction of the technology.