Tracab semi-automated offside technology awarded FIFA certification

Tracab’s semi-automated offside technology (SAOT) has been officially certified by FIFA.

The system utilises advanced tracking camera technology and machine learning algorithms to automatically detect offside situations. It generates a 3D reconstruction of the play, providing VAR teams with a comprehensive 360-degree view to aid in their decision-making process.

FIFA’s rigorous certification process took place at the Merkur-Spiel Arena in Germany and included different tests to evaluate thoroughly the SAOT system’s performance in diverse scenarios. This included 2D scenarios with full width; identification of 3D body parts via skeletal data (21 body points); electronic performance and tracking systems – player and ball tracking; and kick-point, alert, logic and match testing.

The tests assessed the accuracy of offside lines, player and ball tracking, 3D reconstruction, and the system’s overall functionality in match situations. The results of all tests were best-in-class, with FIFA representatives noting the exceptional quality of Tracab’s live skeleton and ball-tracking capabilities.

Martin Brogren, general manager at Tracab said: ” Tracab’s was founded in 2006 with the dream of creating a system that can detect offsides automatically. It is amazing that we now have fulfilled this dream. Our SAOT system is the new best-in-class system on the market for referees and VAR teams. It provides them with the tools they need to make faster, more accurate decisions, ultimately enhancing the fairness and integrity of the game.”

“We are thrilled to receive FIFA’s certification for our semi-automated offside technology,” added Diego Martínez del Campo, senior director of operations, product & services at Tracab. “With the ongoing frustrations surrounding the time-consuming nature of offside call reviews and the need for precise decision-making, we are optimistic that our technology has the potential to enhance and complement the overall experience for officials, broadcasters and fans worldwide.”

The SAOT system is powered by Tracab’s Gen 6 tracking system and Tru-Motion technology, which delivers accuracy and low latency in capturing player and ball movements. This sophisticated technology elevates the referee experience and ensures precise offside decision-making throughout the entire match.

Subscribe and Get SVG Europe Newsletters