World Cup Teams on Alert As FIFA Chief Pierluigi Collina Welcomes New VAR Technology for Qatar

World Cup Teams on Alert As FIFA Chief Pierluigi Collina Welcomes New VAR Technology for Qatar

Babajide Orevba
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:05 PM
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  • Pierluigi Collina welcomes new VAR technology for the 2022 World Cup, saying it will aid in quicker and more accurate decisions
  • Fifa continues in its effort to ensure officiating at the global showpiece in Qatar is less controversial and new technology would be deployed
  • It was gathered that an Artificial Intelligence (AI) software will be activated to track players, while a sensor will be placed in the Adidas World Cup ball

Fifa will deploy a hi-tech semi-automatic technology to assist referees in making crucial decisions at the forthcoming 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

It was gathered that Artificial Intelligence will be used to track players, with the chairman of FIFA's Referees' Committee, Pierluigi Collina, stating that decisions will come faster with more accuracy.

Mirror reports that the world’s football governing body will deploy the technology in Qatar this winter as the AI software will track players, while a sensor will be placed in the Adidas World Cup ball.

Pierluigi Collina, FIFA, World Cup, Qatar
Pierluigi Collina believes the new technology to be deployed at the World Cup in Qatar will aid quicker referee decisions. Photo: Matthew Ashton
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Former World Cup referee Collina, Chairman of FIFA’s Referees Committee, said:

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“We will be faster, we will be more accurate and these are the objectives of the semi-automatic technology."

He added:

“If we look at other sports, I don’t want to give other sports as examples because we are brave enough to be leaders, but if we look at other experiences the time needed to make a decision is lived by everybody: players, coaches, spectators in a very normal way."

Supercomputer predicts winner of 2022 World Cup

Meanwhile, a supercomputer has made a bold declaration on the nation that will win the upcoming World Cup in Qatar.

The piece of technology that specializes in predicting outcomes of tournaments has tipped France to retain the title of World Champions once again.

The prediction was done using an algorithm which simulated the entire tournament at least 1000 times with varying outcomes. From the simulation, France was ranked as the most likely winner, with a 17.93% probability.

Yaya Toure claims Mane deserves the Ballon d'Or

Sports Brief earlier reported that Yaya Toure has sparked the Ballon d'Or debate by claiming that Sadio Mane deserves it ahead of the perceived frontrunner Karim Benzema.

The two players are the hot favourites to succeed Lionel Messi as the best football player on the planet following their impressive season.

Many have already touted Benzema as the outright winner, with the Real Madrid striker being in a class of his own last season. Benzema led Madrid to the Champions League and La Liga titles.

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Babajide Orevba is a CAF accredited Nigerian journalist and HOD of the Local Desk with over 10 years of experience in media landscape.He studied NCE Political Science/Social Studies, AOCOED.