Mexican league to use semi-automatic offside technique

MEXICO CITY, Jan 5 (Reuters) – Semi-automatic offside technology (SAOT) will be used in Mexico’s Clausura club championship, the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) said on Thursday.

The system, which uses special cameras to track points on players’ bodies and provides 3D animations of player positions for VAR review, was used at last year’s World Cup in Qatar.

“The technical department and the Liga MX referees are ready to receive the offside line, which is an automatic technique,” Enrique Osses, director of guidance for the FMF Referees Committee, told a news conference in Mexico City.

“The referees have put in about 400 hours of preparation over the past two months, they’ve been out at the stadium to verify the pitch measurements, so the technology is ready to accept this new assistance from the referees.”

The Clausura Championship kicks off on Friday.

SAOT technology will be used in Italy’s Serie A from January 1. 27.

Reporting by Janina Nuno Rios and Carlos Calvo Pacheco in Mexico City, Editing by Ed Osmond

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