Epl Side Chelsea Will Be First Premier League side To Play With ‘robot-refs’ At Club World Cup
Chelsea will become the first Premier League side to play with “robo-ref” offside decisions at this month’s Club World Cup.
The Blues are moving to win the competition for the second time after previously losing against Corinthians in the final in 2012.
Thomas Tuchel’s side will be travelling to the tournament in the United Arab Emirates.
Football.london reports that the ‘robot referees’ will be trialled during the competition this month. The new technology will be used to make offside decisions within half a second.
Also, special cameras will be added to the stadium roofs to create a ‘limb-tracking system’, creating animated skeletons that will help speed up the decision-making process in regards to offside calls.
The VAR referees in place will then be told of the decision made by the technology, with the on-pitch referee then being subsequently informed.
FIFA are now hopeful of fully implementing the system before the start of this year’s World Cup in November and December, with the governing body saying the robotics have the: “potential to provide new insights for coaches, medical staff, and fans.”