SAOT ain’t slow: how does the World Cup’s AI-assisted offside system work? | World Cup 2022

What is SAOT?

It may have an acronym akin to a reality show, but Semi-Automated Offside Technology or SAOT, was designed to quell drama rather than cause it. An extension to VAR, SAOT was introduced to help reduce problems with one of the most contentious aspects of video-assisted refereeing: how to decide if a player is offside in the buildup to a goal. It will be in use at the World Cup in Qatar.

How does it work?

In a nutshell: artificial intelligence crunches location data to map the positions of players when a ball is kicked. If the AI adjudges that a player is offside, an alert is sent…


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