Adidas FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar gets semi-automatic offside tracking

So, after four years, the FIFA World Cup will be held in the fall. It will take place in Qatar from November 21 to December 18, 2022. 32 teams will participate, from 5 confederations. This year’s game is the first of its kind due to its use of Semi-Automated Offside Tracking (SOAT). This system uses the real-time data from a motion sensor built into the ball and also analyzes the player’s movements to determine when there is an offside situation.

That’s how it works

FIFA World Cup 2022 and semi-automatic offside tracking


In a press release, FIFA explains that the SAOT will consist of “12 special tracking cameras mounted under the roof of the stadium to track the ball and up to 29 data points from each individual player, 50 times per second, which will track their exact position.” on the pitch. The 29 data points collected include all limbs and limbs relevant to making offside calls.”

It further notes that Al Rihla, Adidas’ official match ball for Qatar 2022, will also have a built-in motion sensor that will transmit real-time data on players’ position and kick point.

Both limbs and ball data are sent to the video match officials in the video operating room as a warning when offside is committed. This data is first validated and quickly passed on to the referee on the field.


In addition to an offside warning, the SAOT result is displayed as 3D animation on the stadium screens.

This technology has been tested before on the 2021 FIFA Arab Cup and 2021 FIFA Club World Cup.

Check out this official FIFA post for more information.

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