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Premier league to use semi-automated offside tech

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Premier League clubs have agreed to use semi-automated offside technology next season. This technology aims to make VAR decisions quicker and more consistent.

According to a statement from the Premier League, the new system will cut the average time for offside VAR checks by about 30 seconds. It will use optical player tracking to place a virtual offside line and create high-quality broadcast graphics.

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FIFA tested semi-automated offside technology during the 2022 men’s World Cup in Qatar, and it’s already in use in the Champions League and Serie A.

Referees will still decide on subjective elements like whether an offside player is interfering with play.

The Premier League hasn’t revealed its technology partner yet, and contracts haven’t been signed. The plan is to introduce the new tech after one of the international breaks in September, October, or November.

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