FIFA intends to simplify the "mouse" technology for wider use
FIFA announced today that it is studying the idea of developing a “mouse” video assistant referee technology to be “simplified” and “less expensive”, with the aim of using it “at all levels of football”.
The "innovation and excellence" working group of the Supreme Football Association will submit a "recommendation" to "FIFA" and the International Federation Council "IFAP", which regulates the laws of the game, to implement this reform.
FIFA said in a statement that the development of video technology "aims to create less expensive systems and allow the use of video assistant referees at all levels of football," noting the possibility of reducing "the quality and minimum requirements of the video assistant referee" from a technological point of view.
The "mouse" technology is currently only used in major competitions and tournaments. Thus, this fall it was absent from the group stage matches of the second edition of the European Nations League, and it was only used in the final match of the UEFA Women's Champions League last summer, which caused a wave of criticism from the players.
FIFA also revealed that it is studying "the development of a semi-automatic infiltration technique in order to make the process of analyzing these situations as efficient as possible."
Finally, he indicated that he urged specialized companies to find technology that would allow for a better visualization of "infiltration that is difficult to judge" through video assisted judgment.
The past few weeks have witnessed widespread controversy about canceling goals due to unclear offside positions after referring to the "mouse", especially in the English Premier League.
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