Premier League Clubs Unanimously Agree To Use Semi-Automated Offside Technology From Next Season

Jesse Williams

By Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams

11 Apr 2024

Premier League clubs unanimously agreed to introduce the technology next season at a meeting of top-flight teams on Thursday.

The implementation is expected to cut the average length of a VAR check for offside by 30 seconds and should be introduced after one of the autumn international breaks in September or November.

“At a Premier League Shareholders’ meeting today, clubs unanimously agreed to the introduction of Semi-Automated Offside Technology,” a league statement said.

“The new system will be used for the first time in the Premier League next season, and it is anticipated the technology will be ready to be introduced after one of the Autumn international breaks.

“The technology will provide quicker and consistent placement of the virtual offside line, based on optical player tracking, and will produce high-quality broadcast graphics to ensure an enhanced in-stadium and broadcast experience for supporters.”

It is anticipated that, on average, around 30 seconds per decision could be saved by utilising the SAOT techology and, as the technology works almost instantly, assistant referees will be informed of any offsides while play is ongoing so that they can raise their flags if an offending player is involved.