Multi-camera system Xeebra from EVS obtains FIFA VOL and VAR certifications

The multi-camera review system from EVS, called Xeebra, has recently acquired the FIFA VOL and VAR certifications. The footballs’ governing organization has tested the precision of the system about these tasks. The FIFA VOL (Virtual Offside Lines) and VAR (Video Assistant Referee) certifications were granted by a series of tests at the Grimsta IP stadium in Sweden in August.

The tests required specific technical characteristics set out by the FIFA Quality Programme for VOL and for VAR. Both internationally recognized certifications, valid for two years, are part of FIFA’s ongoing effort to improve the decision-making process of the game.

2021 has been the first year the Quality Programme for VAR was introduced, but at 2019, Xeebra had already obtained the coveted quality label for VOL. The Xeebra system allows referees to take better decisions by using the multi-camera and review system through a controversial action on the game from multiple angles that are displayed in complete synchronization. Related to VOL system, it uses machine learning technology to automatically calibrate the field of play and overlay a virtual offside line on the broadcasted image in seconds.

The system offers 2D as well as a 3D vertical component, which is positioned using a triangulation mode, enabling match officials to determine whether a player’s body part that is off the ground is positioned over the offside line or not.

The Xeebra also offers operators the ability to position a second line – one for the attacking player and the other for the defender for greater accuracy.

“Having our Xeebra review systems approved and certified by FIFA for both VOL and VAR is of course a major achievement for EVS. Our customers can take advantage of our industry-leading technology across a broad range of competitions and rest assured their deployed solution is built to the highest standards thanks to FIFA’s rigorous assessment,” assured François Gillet, Solutions Specialist at EVS.

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