A Sony AI will solve the plays that need the VAR

There is nothing that upsets a soccer fan more than a bad refereeing decision. You can’t always blame the officials, especially those on the pitch, who are constantly watching the action. Sometimes the VAR team also have a bad day and a play seen from other angles can mean the difference between an offside or a valid play with a goal.

It is in these cases where Sony wants to do its bit, with the presentation of a artificial intelligence that helps avoid offside.

Goodbye to offside with Sony AI

The offside position is the most common in a soccer match and it is difficult for more than one to understand. Our teammates from the soccer area will surely know how to see it at the moment, but for those who do not have an eye on this type of situation, it is enough to know if the player who receives the ball was between the last defense and the goalkeeper at the time they were execute the pass.

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This would be the theory, but applying it is quite another thing. The reason is determined, in the first place, by the linemen, who are referees who are exclusively dedicated to detecting offside. But when everything seems confusing there is one last option which is ask the referees that make up the VAR. Through viewing the play from various points, the referees determine if a play is valid or not.

But of course, the VAR may fail in situations in which a heel is what differentiates the goal from the canceled play and it may be that in those delicate moments it is better for the machine to decide. For those moments, Sony has developed a hawk-eye technology with which to determine the offside. The firm already had this technology at stake, but it has added a function called Skeletrack that recreates a game in 3D to get an impartial and transparent verdict of what happens.

The first stadium to be recreated with this technology is the Etihad Stadium, home to Manchester City, which could be one of the first to incorporate this technology if the federation approves it.