The future begins now: UEFA introduced semi-automatic offside this season

The European Football Association, on Wednesday, appointed British Michael Oliver as referee for the European Super Cup between Real Madrid and Eintracht Frankfurt on August 10 at the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki, Finland (9:00 pm live on RTL club).

To qualify for the final, Real Madrid, with champion Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard on the bench, beat Liverpool 1-0 to claim their 14th Champions League title. For its part, Frankfurt won the European League in Seville by defeating Glasgow Rangers on penalties.

Oliver, 37, has refereed at international level since 2012. During the last European Championship, he led three matches, including the quarter-finals between Switzerland and Spain.

In Finland, Stewart Burt and Simon Bennett will assist, while Lithuanian Rumsas Donatas will be the fourth official. Portugal’s Tomas Kwiatkowski and Bartosz Frankowski as well as Portugal’s Thiago Bruno Lopez Martins will replace them in the VAR.

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In addition, UEFA has announced that semi-automatic offside technology will be introduced there as in other European club competitions. The new system, equipped with specialized cameras capable of recording 29 different body points, will be used not only in the European Super Cup, but also in the group stage of the Champions League.

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