FIFA to Use Robot Referee in Chelsea World Cup Matches

FIFA to Use Robot Referee in Chelsea World Cup Matches

  • Chelsea is set to become the first premier league club to play with a robot referee in their fixtures at the Club World Cup
  • FIFA is set to initiate the live trials of the technology that uses computer programs in determining offside calls
  • Zurich bosses have proposed that the system be used at the World Cup when it kicks off in Qatar later this year

Chelsea FC is set to become the first European football club to experience decision-making by a robot referee, during their appearance at this year’s FIFA Club World Cup.

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FIFA is set to push ahead with trials of the robot device, which is said to use computer programs and algorithms to determine offside calls.
The football body plans to permit the use of the system at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar when it kicks off in November.

After successful trials at the Arab’s Cup, which was played in 6 of the 8 World Cup Stadiums in Qatar, Thomas Tuchel’s men will experience decision-making at the hands of the robot when they travel to Abu Dhabi this month.

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The robot referee system makes use of up to 12 cameras placed strategically in the stadium roof, to capture the movement of the ball and all the players on the pitch.

Up to 29 data points for every player which makes up an animated skeleton can be assessed about 50 times per second to ensure that decisions are accurate.
If an attacking player is in an offside position, the tracking system alerts the VAR operator in less than a second, and the message is forwarded to the referee to make a decision.

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