FIFA Certification Awarded to TRACAB for Semi-Automated Offside Technology

Last Updated on: 14th June 2024, 09:10 am

TRACAB’s Gen-6 system outperforms current SAOT vendors in accuracy, reliability, and speed, becoming the new best-in-class system for match officials and VARs.

TRACAB, a leading provider of sports tracking data and analytics solutions, is pleased to announce that its Semi-Automated Offside Technology (SAOT) has been officially certified by FIFA. This milestone underscores TRACAB’s commitment to developing state-of-the-art products with the highest quality standards, exceptional accuracy, and minimal latency.

TRACAB’s SAOT system employs advanced tracking camera technology and cutting-edge machine learning algorithms to automatically detect offside situations. It creates a 3D reconstruction of the play, providing VAR teams with a comprehensive 360-degree view to assist in their decision-making process. View the 3D representation here.

FIFA’s rigorous certification process took place at the Merkur-Spiel Arena in Germany, encompassing various tests to thoroughly assess the SAOT system’s performance in different scenarios:

  • 2D Scenarios with Full Width
  • Identification of 3D Body Parts via Skeletal Data (21 body points)
  • Electronic Performance and Tracking Systems (EPTS) – Player and Ball Tracking
  • Kick-Point, Alert, Logic and Match Testing

The tests evaluated the accuracy of offside lines, player and ball tracking, 3D reconstruction, and the system’s overall functionality in match situations.

The results of all tests were best-in-class, with FIFA representatives noting the exceptional quality of TRACAB’s live skeleton and ball-tracking capabilities.

This achievement is a testament to the collaborative effort of TRACAB’s Operations, Tracking, Engineering, Computer Vision, and Machine Learning teams, who worked diligently to create this groundbreaking product.

Martin Brogren, General Manager at TRACAB, said, “TRACAB was founded in 2006 with the dream of creating a system that can detect offsides automatically. It is amazing that we now have fulfilled this dream. Our SAOT system is the new best-in-class system on the market for referees and VAR teams. It provides them with the tools they need to make faster, more accurate decisions, ultimately enhancing the fairness and integrity of the game.”

“We are thrilled to receive FIFA’s certification for our semi-automated offside technology,” added Diego Martínez del Campo, Senior Director of Operations, Product & Services at TRACAB. “With the ongoing frustrations surrounding the time-consuming nature of offside call reviews and the need for precise decision-making, we are optimistic that our technology has the potential to enhance and complement the overall experience for officials, broadcasters and fans worldwide.”

The SAOT system is powered by TRACAB’s Gen 6 tracking system and TRU-MOTION technology, which delivers unparalleled accuracy and the lowest latency in capturing player and ball movements. This sophisticated technology enhances the referee experience and ensures precise offside decision-making throughout the entire match.

The report is available to download from FIFA here. Certification reports from all vendors can be downloaded here for comparison.

For more information about TRACAB’s semi-automated offside technology, please visit here.

Learn more about TRACAB TRU-MOTION and get in touch with our team here

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