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Serie-A will have semi-automatic offside detection from Jan. 27

SAOT, semi-automatic offside detection system

Italy’s football federation (FIGC) has authorised the introduction of SAOT technology, the semi-automatic offside detection system, from Jan. 27, it announced on Monday.

Serie A president Lorenzo Casini had said it would be launched on the first matchday after the World Cup break on Jan. 4 but the new date has been set after testing.

Serie A will be the first league to implement the offside system, the same one used at the World Cup in Qatar, starting from the 20th championship round.

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“The Council authorised the introduction of the SAOT technology … following the conclusion of the offline tests currently underway at the IBC in Lissone,” the FICG said in a statement.

The FIGC is using the technology to achieve greater accuracy in decision-making and reduce the time spent on each review.

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