Michael Oliver to referee 2022 UEFA Super Cup, semi-automated offside technology launched

The UEFA Referees Committee has appointed Englishman Michael Oliver to referee the 2022 UEFA Super Cup between Real Madrid and Eintracht Frankfurt on Wednesday August 10 at the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki.

The 37-year-old man in black has been an international referee since 2012 and regularly officiates in international matches and UEFA club competitions. He was also one of the referees at UEFA EURO 2020, a competition in which he officiated three matches, including the quarter-final between Switzerland and Spain.

Oliver will be assisted by his compatriots Stuart Burt and Simon Bennett. Lithuanian Donatas Rumšas will officiate as the fourth referee. The VAR referee will be the Polish Tomasz Kwiatkowski and he will be assisted by his compatriot Bartosz Frankowski, as well as the Portuguese Tiago Bruno Lopes Martins.

Semi-automated offside technology

UEFA is proud to announce that Semi-Automated Offside Technology (SAOT) will make its debut in European club competition for the UEFA Super Cup. In addition, the SAOT will also be used from the group stage in the upcoming UEFA Champions League season.

“UEFA is constantly looking for new technological solutions to improve the game and support the work of referees,” said Roberto Rosetti, head of refereeing at UEFA. “The innovative system will allow VAR teams to quickly and more accurately determine offside situations, improving the fluidity of play and consistency of play.”

The new system will work through specialized cameras that can track 29 different body points per player. A total of 188 tests have been carried out since 2020, including all Champions League matches last season, the UEFA Women’s Champions League knockout stage and the entire UEFA Women’s European Championship knockout stage. UEFA 2022, as well as the finals of other club competitions.

The referee team during the 2022 UEFA Super Cup

Referee: Michael Oliver (England)
Wizards: Stuart Burt (England), Simon Bennett (England)
4e referee: Donatas Rumsas (Lithuania)
VAR: Tomasz Kwiatkowski (Poland)
VAR Wizards: Bartosz Frankowski (Poland), Tiago Bruno Lopes Martins (Portugal)

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