Season 11 Innovators
Mohammed is a product of Qatar’s thriving scientific scene. Currently a third-year university student studying Information Systems at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, he spent much of his formative years competing in as many science competitions as he could to meet and learn from the local experts he met.
The young innovator continued to surround himself with brilliants minds, holding relationships with many of Qatari Stars of Science alumni. He is friends with Abdulrahman Saleh Khamis, a finalist on the show’s Season 11. Together, they play active roles at Qatar Scientific Club, where they both engage regularly with their fellow colleagues who share a passion for science!
With encouragement from Abdulrahman, Mohammed decided to take the chance and embark on his innovation journey in Stars of Science Season 13, bringing a project that draws from his love for football.
About the Project
The offside rule is often the bane of football players and fans alike. It states that a player cannot take any action with the ball if they are judged to be physically closer to the opponent’s goal than the second last defender goal once the ball is played – regardless of the ball being passed to them intentionally or not. If the player breaks this rule, the referee stops the game and awards the ball to the opposing team.
Determining if a player is in the offside position can be incredibly difficult for referees. Players constantly move around the pitch, and officials in charge of tracking the action must keep up with the rapid pace of the game. Furthermore, any number of obstacles could prevent the right call being made, such as the referee’s vision being blocked by other players, which could dramatically impact the game if the wrong call is made.
The Football Offside Detection System seeks to utilize cutting-edge technology to ensure that offside calls are made accurately. It uses ultra-wide band tags embedded inside the players’ uniforms and the ball to track all their positions in real-time throughout the duration of the match. The system constantly monitors this data, analyzing where the offside position might be at any given time and alerting the referees when a player makes a play while offside.
Football is an emotionally charged spectacle, featuring players who give it all on the pitch and fans who cheer them on. This is magnified even more at international tournaments like the FIFA World Cup, where millions of supporters tune in from the stadiums and their television sets.
The stakes involved make officiating these games a very difficult job for referees. Every decision they make is scrutinized and any mistake they commit is amplified by fans on social media, opening them up to intense public criticism. Mohammed’s invention would help alleviate the pressure placed on the referees and help make their lives easier off the pitch, keeping the focus of fans on the happenings of the game itself rather than focus their anger on the officials. The Football Offside Detection System would ensure that the offside call is judged fairly, guaranteeing with overwhelming confidence there is one less circumstance outside the teams’ control that can dramatically impact the game. In addition, the collected data of players in the game create huge opportunities for improving training with individual digital portfolios aggregating trends of activities with evidence and charts.
With the 2022 FIFA World Cup being hosted in Qatar, the spotlight on the budding sports industry in the Middle East and North Africa will be brighter than ever before. Technologies like Mohammed’s invention represent the region’s eagerness to contribute to the football landscape, highlighting the untapped potential among sports-loving Arab youth that can positively impact sport for the better.