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Premier League vote unanimously for semi-automated offsides

Premier League clubs have unanimously voted to introduce semi-automated offside technology into the division next season.

At a meeting between the 20 top-flight teams on Thursday, each of the Premier League clubs voted in favour of implementing the technology in the 2024/25 campaign.

 

Semi-automated offsides are already used in various competitions, including the Champions League, while a version of the technology, using a chip embedded inside the match ball, was implemented at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. It will also be used at Euro 2024 in Germany this summer.

The decision of the clubs comes following criticism of the current offside process, in which officials use VAR and Hawk-Eye to make calls.

However, a number of errors – including an incident that saw Liverpool’s Luis Diaz denied an onside goal against Tottenham earlier this season – and the length of time required to come to a decision have left fans frustrated.

In a statement, the Premier League said the technology will bring ‘provide quicker and consistent’ offside calls.

 

“The technology will provide quicker and consistent placement of the virtual offside line, based on optical player tracking, and will produce high-quality broadcast graphics to ensure an enhanced in-stadium and broadcast experience for supporters,” the Premier League said.

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