AFL is studying radical microchip technology for soccer balls that could eliminate referee error

AFL boss Gillon McLachlan has revealed the league is working on using microchip technology to eliminate referee error.

A chip implanted in the soccer ball could bring clarity to fans and security to the league.

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Sports broadcaster David Hill helped develop World Series Cricket and now works for Formula One.

His latest invention could be ready for the AFL’s 2023 season.

The AFL has no problem rushing into chip technology when it works. Credit: Robert Cianflon/Getty Images

“We’re doing experiments with chips in the ball and linking them to on-screen graphics,” Hill told Channel 7.

“But we’re hoping that in a couple of weeks we’ll have something,” he said.

The microchip could detect a touched ball and help settle disputed goal checks.

It could also be used to solve the mystery on Saturday night as debate raged on as the ball crossed the line in relation to the final siren sounding.

During that game, it appeared on the transmitted vision that the siren had not sounded, but on the real-time feed the siren had gone off before the ball went out.

That decision ultimately cost Fremantle a chance to grab a free-kick and a shot on goal that could have saved (or drawn) the game in the shock loss to North Melbourne.

McLachlan said it’s exciting technology.

“So if ball chip technology is an example. (and it) works and doesn’t affect the flight of the ball in any way, we’re going to use it,” McLachlan said.

“I think it’s going through a testing process right now.”

The locator chip is similar to Apple’s and is cut – or sewn – into the ball’s bladder.

The AFL is confident that this will not affect the overall weight of the ball.

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