Celtic supporters set for first glimpse of innovative Champions League VAR technology

By Lewis Laird

August 10, 2022

Celtic supporters will get their first glimpse at the new VAR technology being utilised in this season’s Champions League later this evening.

After lifting the Scottish Premiership title last campaign, Ange Postecoglou’s side were rewarded with direct entry into the group stages of the UCL.

The Hoops will be taking part in Europe’s most prestigious club competition for the first time since 2017 when they were managed by Brendan Rodgers.

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Over the last few years, we have seen many new innovations brought into the top level of European Football, such as Video Assistant Referees (VAR).

Of course, Celtic have had a small taste of playing with the VAR system in European competition and will experience it on a more regular basis when it is introduced to Scottish Football later this year.

Last week, UEFA announced the introduction of semi-automated offside technology (SAOT) that will be used alongside VAR for the first time ever in the Champions League group stages.

Celtic will be one of the 32 clubs involved in this season’s competition that will take part in the Artificial Intelligence-based system replacing VAR’s current manually decided offside calls, making decisions quicker and more accurately.

The time it takes to make a VAR offside decision will be reduced from 70 seconds to just 25, whilst fans inside the stadium will also be provided with a 3D animation to clearly show the offside.

Celtic fans and supporters of clubs across Europe will get their first glimpse at how this system will work, with it being brought into place for tonight’s UEFA Super Cup fixture between Real Madrid and Frankfurt [UEFA].

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The introduction of new technology in football certainly hasn’t been favoured by all supporters.

However, in my opinion, it should be interesting to see how well this latest innovation works in what could be a game-changer for the sport.

Tonight’s match-up between last season’s Champions League and Europa League winners will give us a sneak preview of what to expect at Celtic Park against some of the world’s best football clubs.

Fingers crossed, this new system is something that can come to the aid of Ange Postecoglou’s side rather than becoming our downfall in a high-pressure group stage match.

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