The Qatar FIFA World Cup 2022 set new standards in terms of technological advancements. With the aim of ensuring accurate decisions, player support, and an enhanced fan experience, the football governing body had embraced cutting-edge technology.
Commencing the tournament, Adidas had introduced a revolutionary ball named "Al Rihla," meaning "the journey" in Arabic. This ball was equipped with an inertial measurement unit (IMU) sensor positioned at its center. The sensor transmited data to the video operation room at a rapid rate of 500 times per second, aiding in precise offside calls by detecting the exact point of contact during a kick.
VAR and some more
In addition to the familiar Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system, FIFA had implemented a new semi-automated offside technology. Qatar's stadiums were equipped with 12 tracking cameras beneath the roof, capable of monitoring up to 29 data points of each player 50 times per second. This detailed tracking included all body parts, enabling accurate offside decisions.
The use of AI
Artificial intelligence (AI) played a significant role in FIFA's technological endeavors to ensure accurate calls. Video match officials stationed in the video operation room receive alerted whenever an attacker receives the ball in an offside position, thanks to AI-powered detection systems.
App for players
To support players, FIFA had developed a dedicated app that provided them with valuable data metrics captured by performance analysts. Through multiple stadium cameras and sophisticated algorithms, players could access information such as the distance covered on the pitch. Detailed analyses included the precise locations where players receive the ball and the amount of pressure exerted on them while in possession.
All of the technological advancements embraced by the Qatar FIFA World Cup 2022 greatly enhanced the tournament experience.