Why Qatar 2022 is considered the most technological World Cup of all time

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Semi-automatic system for offsides, a player statistics app, 15,000 facial recognition cameras and more

Why Qatar 2022 is considered the most technological World Cup of all time

Qatar World Cup 2022. (photo: FIFA/Composition/Jose Arana)

This is the most technological World Cup in history. Qatar kicked off today, November 20, the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, which will run until December 18, 2022 and is already making history with a host of of new technologiesthat will be announced at the event.

Although sport and technology have always gone hand in hand, this edition of the World Cup is the most technological of all. Thanks to science and technology shaping sport in Qatar, it has the following innovations:

Semi-automatic system for offsides

As FIFA explains, the new offside detection system depends on three technical factors:

– The first is a sensor called Inertial Measurement Unit, located inside the Al Rihla, the official competition ball manufactured by Adidas. The device sends data 500 times per second to the VAR room detailing exactly when a player touches the ball.

– The second is a system of 12 cameras installed under the roof of each stadium. They have been developed to track the ball and the players, detecting 29 specific points on the body that count for offside. All this information is sent 50 times per second and is used to calculate the exact positions of the players in the match.

– The third factor is that the data from the camera and ball are processed by AI, which will send an alert to VAR when an advanced position is detected.

In any case, in-game sanctions are not automatic, as the video assistant referee will analyze the situation and notify those present on the field of play. The final decision will be in the hands of the referee and his assistants.< /p>

Why Qatar 2022 is considered the most technological World Cup of all time

Semi-automated offside technology to be used in the Qatar 2022 World Cup. (photo: FIFA)

VAR and the different cameras

At this point, it can be assumed that the VARno introduction needed. Some don't like it at all because it slows down the game a lot from time to time and others like it because it shows the quality of the referees and shows that something had to be done to make football more fair. But opinions aside, VAR is the system that verifies:

– Goals and attacks that lead to a goal.

– Straight red cards.

– Possible penalties.

– Assaults.

The 2022 World Cup will have a Video Announcement Room (VOR) that looks like a security control center NASA and will be located in Doha. Through fiber optics, the signal is received in real time by 42 cameras to which FIFA has access in each match.

That is, if there is a game at stake, it will be those 42, but if there are several at the same time, well, an exponential number, each game with its corresponding video arbitration team. Of those 42 cameras, four are recording “ultra-slow” and eight are “super-slow” in order to be as precise as possible in decision-making.

When a decision is made in the VOR room, it is communicated to the referee and if he agrees, he whistles, but if there is any doubt, he can go to the stadium monitor to check the action.

Why Qatar 2022 is considered the most technological World Cup of all time

Technologies in the Qatar 2022 World Cup. (photo: FIFA )

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FIFA Player app for teams

FIFA has developed an app called FIFA Player that is given to all players at the World Cup when they arrive and allows everyone to see their stats. The parameters to monitor are:

– Data information about all plays made during the game, such as the times he offers himself, the times he breaks the mark to receive the ball, the times he guards an opponent who has the ball, etc.

Physical performance parameters such as distance traveled at different speed thresholds, activities over 25 kilometers per hour, or jet heat maps for you to you can see where you are during a match.

– What FIFA has called “Football Intelligence”. With the help of algorithms and other data, information is provided about the reception points of the ball or the pressure exerted by the opponents on the player in possession of the ball.

Why Qatar 2022 is considered the most technological World Cup of all time

Technologies in the Qatar 2022 World Cup. (photo: FIFA )

A watch to know if it's a goal or not

This technology is a few years old. Each stadium has 14 cameras focused on the goal to know if the ball has completely crossed the goal line or not.

These cameras are fast, the system collects the data and sends an alarm to the referee's watch in one second to warn of a goal. It is a fully automatic system, and after confirmation a 3D animation is created, like the hawk eyein tennis, which can be seen both on the stadium screens and on the TV signal.

Why Qatar 2022 is considered the most technological World Cup of all time

Technologies in the Qatar 2022 World Cup. (photo: FIFA )

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FIFA data ecosystem

< p class="paragraph">The FIFA Player app is of great interest to players, but there is also another system that collects data about matches. This platform is offered to coaches and coaching staff.

It is basically a statistics platform for coaches and coaching staff. A surveillance system has been installed in all eight stadiums which, according to FIFA, records the location of all players and referees during matches with centimeter precision.

Thus, the technical teams can change some things for the next matches to improve their physical and tactical performance.

Why Qatar 2022 is considered the most technological World Cup of all time

Technologies in the Qatar 2022 World Cup. (photo: FIFA )

The Black Mirror with 15,000 facial recognition cameras

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be the most advanced in terms of technology, but also in terms of monitoring, and this naturally worries many participants. Eight stadiums have more than 15,000 facial recognition cameras.

This extreme surveillance is part of the security system against terrorism and vandalism in the World Cup World. There is a control center that is in charge of all the images and from where all the accesses to the stadium can be opened or closed.

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Technologies in the Qatar 2022 World Cup. (photo: FIFA)

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