UEFA to debut semi-automatic offside in UEFA Super Cup match between Real Madrid and Eintracht


UEFA have announced that English referee Michael Oliver will be in charge of the European Super Cup match between Real Madrid and Eintracht.

But the main development is not in the referee, an experienced Real Madrid, but in technology, which continues to advance in the world of football and Helsinki will see the debut the semi-automatic offside system.

UEFA also announced that this system for detecting incorrect positioning will be used in the Champions League.

“UEFA is proud to announce that Semi-Automated Offside Technology (SAOT) will premiere in European club competitions at the UEFA Super Cup,” a statement from UEFA read.

“Furthermore, SAOT will also be used as of the group stage in the upcoming UEFA Champions League season.”

UEFA claim that the technology is fully functional after more than two years of testing.

In total, 188 tests have been carried out since 2020, including in all Champions League matches last season, the knockout phase of the UEFA Women’s Champions League and the entire UEFA Women’s European Championship finals, as well as the finals of other club competitions.

“UEFA is constantly looking for new technological solutions to improve the game and support the work of the referees,” UEFA Chief Refereeing Officer Roberto Rosetti said in a statement.

“This innovative system will allow Video Assistant Referee (VAR) teams to determine offside situations quickly and more accurately, enhancing the flow of the game and the consistency of the decisions.

“The system is ready to be used in official matches and implemented at each Champions League venue.”


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