Champions League to get new camera tech for offside calls

Category: Technology/Innovations


Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article.

  1. offside / ˈɔfˈsaɪd / (adj.) – relating to a position or placement in a game that’s not allowed by the rules

    The referee stopped the game because a player was offside.

  2. accurately / ˈæk yər ɪt li / (adv.) – relating to an ability to give correct and exact results without any mistakes

    The dressmaker accurately took our body measurements to make sure that our dresses will fit perfectly.

  3. flare / flɛər / (v.) – to suddenly become angry or upset about something bad that happened

    Many dissatisfied passengers flared when they found out that our flight was delayed by several hours.

  4. marginal / ˈmɑr dʒə nl / (adj.) – relating to something located along or near an edge or border

    The team lost the game because of a marginal call.

  5. mock / mɒk / (v.) – to make comments and laugh about something because of how it looks like

    My nephew’s feet were mocked as “baby feet” because they looked too small.


Read the text below.

The Champions League will use a camera-based system to judge tight offside calls in the group stage starting next month, UEFA said.

The Semi-Automated Offside Technology, which was also approved last month by FIFA for the World Cup in Qatar, uses multiple cameras to more accurately track players’ limbs and the point when a key pass is made.

The technology promises faster and more accurate offside decisions than are currently made with the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system.

UEFA said it would use the new system August 10 at the Super Cup game between European champion Real Madrid and Europa League winner Eintracht Frankfurt in Helsinki ahead of its Champions League debut on Sept. 6.

The system was tested at the women’s European Championship in England and in the Champions League last season.

“UEFA is constantly looking for new technological solutions to improve the game and support the work of the referees,” its chief refereeing officer Roberto Rosetti said in a statement.

Controversial calls have often flared in European leagues where VAR officials draw on-screen lines over players for marginal calls. They have been mocked as “armpit offsides” because of the tiny margins.

This article was provided by The Associated Press.

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.

Discussion A

  • The camera-based system is intended to help judge football matches. In what other sports do you think this technology can be used (ex. boxing, basketball)? Discuss.
  • What do you think is the downside of relying on technology to judge sports competitions? Discuss.

Discussion B

  • The world of sports has a fair share of controversial judging, making the job of a referee difficult. Given the chance, would you like to become a referee in a sports competition? Why or why not? Discuss.
  • Do you think controversial calls in sports can be avoided? Why or why not? Discuss.