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EPL ‘decide AGAINST introducing semi-automated offside technology next season’

semi-automated offside technology

In April, Mail Sport reported that the organization was exploring implementing SOAT, which involves AI technology tracking players’ limbs to check if they had strayed offside.

The VAR is then notified, with the technology capable of assessing whether any part of the player was offside in less than a half-second.

SOAT was used successfully in Wednesday night’s Europa Conference League final, helping to rule out Fiorentina’s attempt soon before halftime.

However, despite its approval by La Liga in Spain ahead of next season, the organization will not be considered for use in the English Premier League.

According to the Mirror, the request was not included on the agenda for the Premier League’s Annual General Meeting, which is scheduled to take place in mid-June and will include all 20 clubs in the league.

Chief executives from the organization’s clubs believed to believe that the technology may become obsolete too rapidly to be a game changer.

The inclusion of four extra cameras at Premier League sites is one innovation that will seek to provide greater clarity about disputed VAR calls next season.

After a number of disputed calls during the 2022-23 season, club hierarchies agreed with the PGMOL that a greater range of angles would better the technology on offer.

Two Liverpool decisions resulted in goals being called out owing to a lack of appropriate angles to determine offside calls.


The first occurred during Arsenal’s 3-2 win over Liverpool in October when Bukayo Saka’s opening goal was allowed despite the England star being caught offside – which was only verified by camera angles not available to the Stockley Park crew at the time.

The second saw Liverpool profit from Wolves’ late winner being disallowed during their FA Cup clash as Matheus Nunes strayed into a VAR’blind area’ and was wrongly deemed offside by the team on the field.

If the Premier League approves the four additional cameras for next season, which will require 14 of the 20 teams to vote in favor of the move, it is expected that fewer VAR calls will be contested.

Only two VAR offside calls were overturned as wrong this season.

Ivan Toney’s equalizer at the Emirates against Arsenal was allowed to stand as VAR failed to detect Christian Norgaard, who set up his attacker, was offside.

Lee Mason, who was in charge of the calls on the day, was later found to have omitted to put offside lines on the photographs.

Mason quit the PGMOL by mutual consent shortly after and no longer officiates in the Premier League.

On the same weekend, Brighton was denied a goal at Crystal Palace after Pervis Estupinan’s opener was ruled out.

Brighton received another apology from the PGMOL after failing to score a penalty at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in early April.

The verdicts cost Brighton and Arsenal points, and while Arsenal accepted the PGMOL’s apology after the incident, Mikel Arteta stated that he would be satisfied ‘if they give the two points back’.