Chelsea to play with ‘Robot Referees’ At Club World Cup

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MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 27: Christian Pulisic of Chelsea FC celebrates after scoring his team's first goal with his teammates during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final First Leg match between Real Madrid and Chelsea FC at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano on April 27, 2021 in Madrid, Spain. Sporting stadiums around Spain remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Diego Souto/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Chelsea Football Club will become the first Premier League side to play with “robo-ref” offside decisions at this month’s Club World Cup.

The London club will be looking to win the competition at the second time of asking, having previously lost against Corinthians in the final in 2012.

The Blues will be travelling to the tournament in the United Arab Emirates thanks to their Champions League success last season, in which they beat Manchester City 1-0 in the final in Porto.

It is believed that the new technology will be used to make offside decisions within half a second.

Special cameras that will be attached to the stadium roofs will be used to create a ‘limb-tracking system’, creating animated skeletons that will help speed up the decision-making process in regards to offside calls.

The VAR referees in place will then be alerted of the decision made by the technology, with the on-pitch referee then being subsequently informed.

FIFA are hoping to fully implement the system before the start of this year’s World Cup in November and December, with the governing body saying the robotics have the: “potential to provide new insights for coaches, medical staff, and fans.”

Chelsea will enter the competition at the semi-final stage where they will face either Al Hilal, Al Jazira or Pirae.

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