The Champions League will use ‘semi-automatic offside’ technology from this season ahead of the World Cup role

UEFA is said to be one step ahead of Fifa and use the new “semi-automatic offside” technology in this year’s Champions League.

The system, which uses computer tracking of 29 parts of each player’s body in combination with a microchip inside the ball, was set to be unveiled at the World Cup in Qatar after being approved by lawmakers.

Karim Benzema ruled that goal out for offside during Real Madrid's Champions League final win over Liverpool

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Karim Benzema ruled that goal out for offside during Real Madrid’s Champions League final win over LiverpoolPhoto credit: Getty
Fourth officers will soon be assisted by semi-automatic technology

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Fourth officers will soon be assisted by semi-automatic technologyPhoto credit: Getty Images – Getty

It was not expected to be rolled out globally before next season as England’s opener against Iran on 21 November would be only the second game in which it has been operational.

But surprisingly, Uefa announced they will be used in the Super Cup between Real Madrid and Eintracht Frankfurt next week and then in the Champions League when it starts next month.

And that means Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Spurs will all play with the added technology.

The system sees additional VAR officials in charge of offsides, with the algorithm providing a 3D animation to explain an announcement in an average of 25 seconds.

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This illustration is then available on the big screens at the stadium and for TV viewers at home during the next break in the game, confident that fans, players and coaches will all have faith in it.

Uefa chief referee Roberto Rosetti said: “We are constantly looking for new technological solutions to improve the game and support the work of the referees.

“This innovative system will allow VAR teams to determine offside situations faster and more accurately, improving game flow and decision-making consistency.

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

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