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

Technology to assist VAR is designed to ensure offside calls in Qatar are quicker and more accurate – but it is not without flawsIt 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.

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