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AI will help referees at the 2022 World Cup.

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Many refereeing mistakes have been controversial in the world of football over the years. So, for the next World Cup, which will be held in Qatar on November 21, the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) will use artificial intelligence to help referees.

During the upcoming World Cup, several cameras will be installed under the roof of the stadium, accompanied by an artificial intelligence system, which will monitor the players on the field, and an inertial measurement unit (IMU) sensor will be placed directly inside the ball. This will transmit its position at 500Hz or 500 times per second.

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All data transmitted by the cameras and the sensor placed in the ball will be processed by the software, which will take care of automatically sending warnings to the referees when a player is in an offside position. Pierluigi Collina, chairman of FIFA’s refereeing committee, notes that the technology is a simple refereeing aid and that the final decision will be made by the chief referee.

This technology has already been tested during the Club World Cup 2021. According to the International Federation of Football Associations, it will allow referees to intervene faster, more accurately and with more consistency.

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