When the 2022 World Cup kicks off in Qatar this November, it will do so with new technology for offside calls. It's called semi-automated VAR, and FIFA claims trials show decision-making time for calls can be cut from 70 seconds to 25 seconds. Needless to say, in a tournament notorious for controversy, this set off an early round of debate months before the actual competition begins.
Posted to TikTok by user @omada_uk, the video below explains how it works and what to expect in the Gulf State only four months away.
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"Imagine if you score in the 120+1 minute in the World Cup Final only to find out one of your blood cells was offside," writes commenter @sainsburys_toucher.
"What if the sensor in the ball affects the physics of it?" asks @liam.z.zz.
"I mean it's good technology," says @joelthemole9, "but I think they should just stop complicating things."
"This isn't complicating anything," replies @robert.barathian. "It's making it easier and more simple."
User @hufccal09 states the obvious but important: "It all depends on if it works."
"I'm not happy," says @cerealoffender39. "Football is for people, not machines."
We just hope the new technology contributes to a sense of fairness in the competition. Obviously, this is what FIFA is going for, but somehow the World Cup seems to find ways to invite controversial incidents.
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