Semi-automatic offside technology which will be introduced in this season's Champions League to help cut down on VAR howlers will be used next WEEK as Real Madrid and Eintracht Frankfurt contest the UEFA Super Cup
- Semi-automated offside technology will be introduced as early as next week
- The new innovation will be used in Wednesday's UEFA Super Cup in Finland
- The technology has already been approved for this winter's World Cup in Qatar
- It will also be used in the Champions League for the upcoming 2021-22 season
The new system, which has already been approved by FIFA for this winter's World Cup in Qatar, operates thanks to specialised cameras which are able to track 29 different body points per player.
A total of 188 tests have been performed since 2020, including all matches in last season's Champions League and throughout Euro 2022.
Semi-automated offside technology will be introduced at next week's UEFA Super Cup clash between Real Madrid and Frankfurt before being used in this season's Champions League
It operates thanks to special cameras which can track 29 different body points per player
English referee Michael Oliver will take charge of the Super Cup on Wednesday, August 10 at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium in Finland, assisted by compatriots Stuart Burt and Simon Bennett.
UEFA chief refereeing officer Roberto Rosetti said in a statement: 'UEFA is constantly looking for new technological solutions to improve the game and support the work of the referees.
'This innovative system will allow VAR teams to determine offside situations quickly and more accurately, enhancing the flow of the game and the consistency of the decisions.'
The technology has already been approved by FIFA for this winter's 2022 World Cup in Qatar
FIFA estimates the technology will help to cut decision-making time on offsides from an average of 70 seconds using current video review methods down to between 20 and 25 seconds.
Crucially, FIFA intends to show spectators in the stadium and viewers at home a 3D illustration of the decision after it has been made, most likely at the next break in play after the incident.
Pierluigi Collina, the chairman of the world governing body's referees' committee, hopes the new system will be as 'praised' and accepted as goal-line technology (GLT) has become, with a similar margin for error.
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