Premier League lead closer to automatic offside calls

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Premier League moves closer to automatic offside calls following Hawkeye’s successful trial of skeletal player tracking system at top club

  • Match officials would no longer have to sign on offside lines as with VAR
  • HawkEye has developed a ‘skeletal player tracking system’ that must be implemented
  • The latest system could be fully operational and deployed by the 2023 season

The Premier League has come a step closer to using automated technology to decide offside calls after a successful trial at a top club.

The skeletal player tracking system developed by HawkEye – who have been successful with football’s goal-line technology – provides an instant message to the referee, rather than the long wait often associated with VAR checks.

Match officials should still determine if the offside player was interfering with play, but should no longer sign on offside lines as with VAR.

Offside can revolutionize a skeletal player tracking system created by HawkEye

Sportsmail First revealed in October 2019 that the League was exploring the use of limb tracking technology to provide instant offside calls.

The system has undergone a successful trial at a Premier League club over the past year and four teams – Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United – will have in place next season.

The system could be fully operational as early as 2023.

Premier League officials said Sportsmail in March that they supported the Hawkeye system’s quick response as assistant referees were criticized for holding their flags down pending a VAR assessment at the end of a game phase.

Offside calls, such as the one where Chelsea were denied in the FA Cup final, could now be speeded up

Offside calls, such as the one where Chelsea were denied in the FA Cup final, could now be speeded up

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