AFC announced on its website that the semi-automatic offside reading system (SAOT) will be applied to 51 games to be held through the 2023 AFC Qatar Asian Cup, which will be held in Doha, Qatar, from January 12.
As a result, the Qatar Asian Cup became the first competition to apply a semi-automatic offside reading system in the AFC-hosted competition, and the AFC also became the first continental federation to use a semi-automatic offside reading system in a continental competition.
AFC President Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said, “The AFC’s referees are among the best in the world, and a semi-automatic offside reading system will allow them to take it to a higher level. AFC continues to be a leader in the judging world and tries to give the players the best stage by fully implementing the VAR system in the best facilities.”
The semi-automatic offside reading system is a video reading system that helps players read whether they are offside by utilizing balls used in matches and 12 special cameras deployed in stadiums to track players’ exact locations. At the Asian Cup in Qatar, fans will be informed of offside through an electronic display panel through animation.
The semi-automatic offside reading system was praised by soccer fans all over the world during the Qatar World Cup. It created an opportunity for the offside misjudgment, which was repeated in each World Cup, to completely disappear. Korea has also benefited from this semi-automatic offside reading system. When Hwang Hee-chan, who received a pass from Son Heung-min during the Qatar World Cup against Portugal, scored the winning goal, Korea won 2-1.