Sony: There is nothing that upsets a football fan more than a bad refereeing decision. You can’t always blame the umpires, especially those on the field, who are constantly watching the action. Sometimes the VAR team is also having a bad day and a play from other angles can mean the difference between being offside or a valid game with a goal.
It is true in these cases Sony wants to do its part, presenting an artificial intelligence that helps prevent offsides.
Farewell to offside with Sony AI
The offside position is most common at a football game and is difficult for more than one person to understand. Our teammates from the football field will certainly know how to see it at this point, but for those who are not aware of this kind of situation, it is enough to know whether the player receiving the ball is between the last defense and the goalkeeper at the time they executed the pass.
This would be the theory, but applying it is quite another. The reason is primarily determined by the linemen, who are umpires devoted solely to detecting offsides. But if everything seems confusing, there is one last option, which is to ask the umpires who are part of the VAR. By viewing the game from different points, the umpires determine whether a game is valid or not.
But of course the VAR can fail in situations where a heel distinguishes the target from the canceled game and it may be better for the machine to decide in those delicate moments. Before that time, Sony has developed a hawk-eye technology to determine offside. The company already had this technology at stake, but it added a feature called Skeletrack that mimics a game in 3D to get an impartial and transparent judgment about what’s happening.
The first stadium to be recreated with this technology is the Etihad Stadium, home of Manchester City, which could be one of the first to use this technology if the federation approves it.