The FIFA Qatar World Cup 2022 is underway with many new technological advancements to improve the experience for fans and players. Qatar 2022 is the first time that an Arab country is hosting the FIFA Qatar World Cup. Moreover, it is also the first time that the World Cup is being held in the midst of the European football season. The 2022 FIFA World Cup is a first-of-its-kind compact world cup where all 8 venues are located within an hour’s distance from each other.
Not to mention that Qatar spent $220 billion on the construction of new buildings and renovations of old ones, this is about 14 times more than what Brazil paid to host the 2014 World Cup. The amount of money spent to host the Winter World Cup makes it the most expensive ever.
FIFA has also confirmed that female referees will be officiating the Men’s World Cup for the first time. Stephanie Frappart of France, Salima Mukansanga from Rwanda, and Yoshimi Yamashita from Japan are part of the 36 referees who are officiating the FIFA World Cup this season.
The number of innovative changes the Qatar World Cup promises is going to revolutionalize the fan experience. Additionally, various fantasy football app development companies are looking to capitalize on the FIFA season by providing fantasy FIFA leagues on their platforms.
Let’s take a look at the new technologies introduced in the FIFA Qatar World Cup 2022.
Highly Advanced World Cup Ball
Al-Rihla, the official ball for the 2022 World Cup is more technologically advanced than you think. The revolutionary ball has the new Adidas Suspension System with a 500Hz inertial measurement unit motion sensor that transmits data 500 times per second. The advanced motion sensors will detect every minor ball movement and the ball’s data will help in increasing the efficiency of the Video Assistant Referees(VAR) and the semi-automated offside technology.
It will also feature a connected ball technology that will transmit real-time data to VAR officials. Furthermore, the new technology will also join forces with the new semi-automated offside technology to provide accurate match rulings.
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According to Dr Maximilian Schmidt, the Global Sports Lead at KINEXON, the AL-Rihla match ball will be integral in improving the experience of everyone involved without changing the game of football. They are certain that with the accurate live ball data, the connected ball technology will bring forth a new era of football analytics and fan experience.
Semi-Automated Offside Technology
The offside rule is one of the most debatable and subjective rules in football. It has been changed numerous times and has been integral in deciding the outcome of certain matches. However, the 2022 Qatar World Cup has introduced semi-automated offside technology to allow match officials to make accurate and quick offside decisions.
The new technology uses 12 cameras mounted under the stadium’s dome to track the 29 data points of every player and the Al-Rihla match ball, 50 times per second. The 29 data points include all the limbs and extremities of the players that can be relevant for an offside ruling.
Whenever an attacker is in an offside position, the limb and ball tracking relay an automated offside alert to the video match referees using artificial intelligence. The VARs must manually check the data and the on-field referee must confirm the decision.
FIFA Player App
The FIFA Player App is a boon for players this FIFA season. It is developed based on input from professional players and it will provide players with information about their on-field performance shortly after the match.
The application features data and intelligence parameters captured by a team of FIFA performance analysts and tracking data. The application provides information about when a player received a ball, the pressure applied on the opponents, whether the player moved to receive the ball, etc.
The FIFA application also consists of physical performance metrics based on the stadium’s tracking data.
Bonocle and Feelix Palm Braille System
In a revolutionary turn of events, now people with vision impairment can also enjoy the thrill and excitement of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The Winter World Cup is using the Bonocle and Feelix Palm Technology to allow visually impaired individuals to enjoy the FIFA matches.
Bonocle is the world’s first Braille entertainment system and Feelix Palm is a palm communicator with tactile features. With the help of transcoding functionalities and Bluetooth technologies coupled with Feelix Palm’s electric impulses, braille-like messages to the visually impaired allow them to enjoy the FIFA World Cup matches.
According to a statement by Bonocle’s founders, “Bonocle will enable the blind community to experience the 2022 World Cup in new ways that were never available before…It will remove the barriers that have kept blind people restricted and open doors for them to explore new things and new places”
Advanced Stadium Cooling Technology
To improve the spectator’s experience, 7 of the 8 stadiums in Qatar feature advanced stadium cooling technology to keep the stadium at 20°Celsius(68° Fahrenheit) at all times. The cooling technology features in stadiums are estimated to be at least 40% more sustainable and efficient when compared to traditional cooling techniques. To provide efficient cooling, the cooling system uses a combination of target cooling and insulation to cool only places where spectators are present.
The credit for this advanced cooling system goes to Dr. Saud Abdulaziz Abdul Ghani, also nicknamed Dr. Cool. He said in a statement “The biggest thing working against you when you’re trying to cool a stadium is the opening of the stadium’s roof because that is where external hot air enters. That’s why studying where air can exit and how we can push and pull back air differs from stadium to stadium as it depends on its shape, height, and width.”
In order to tackle this challenge, the stadiums are equipped for cooled air to come through the grills in the spectator stands and nozzles on the field. With the help of an air circulation technique, the cooling system sucks in the warm air which is then cleaned by water, cooled, purified, and pumped out by the jets.
Additionally, the sensors around the stadium keep the temperature at a pleasant level and moderate airflow for seats in the sun or shade.
FIFA and Metaverse
FIFA is showing a growing interest in the Metaverse technology. In fact, FIFA has already declared the send-off of its virtual environment in the Roblox Metaverse. FIFA aims to gain more users with the help of metaverse games. Additionally, it also recorded a patent application with the USPTO to enroll the 2026 World Cup in the metaverse.
With the help of metaverse game development, FIFA aims to cover more tournaments in the Metaverse. In a shocking turn of events, FIFA announced a multi-year partnership with Upland. This partnership is a boon for football fans and the Upland community to collect, trade, and own digital assets. It will also help fans get a better understanding of the mechanism of Metaverse.
With over 3 million registered users, Upland provides the largest open metaverse mapped to the real world. Upland along with blockchain-based metaverse created a replica of Lusail Stadium along with a FIFA World cup branded village, shops, and showrooms that fans can visit virtually.
Transformation of Sports Betting Since the Last World Cup
The regulations regarding sports betting are significantly lenient than last time. In 2018, sports betting was legal in only Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware. The number of states has risen exponentially since the last time. In 2022, there are 31 states which have legalized the online sports betting market.
The 2022 FIFA Qatar World Cup is coinciding with the NFL and College Football in the United States for the first time. We are sure to see an increased demand for fantasy football app development all around the country during the FIFA season.
According to a report by the American Gaming Association, more than 20 million people will take part in gambling activities this year in the United States with an approximate total expenditure of $1.8 billion. The report also revealed that 3 in 10 people said ‘YES’ to betting on FIFA World Cup. 24% of the people also revealed that they will bet on America while 19% preferred to bet on former World Champions Brazil.
With the help of several innovative technologies, FIFA aims to make this WInter World Cup a cut above the rest in terms of player and fan experience. Moreover, the sports betting market is booming with the dates of the NFL and FIFA coinciding. Various fantasy football app development companies have invested in the market and are ready for the plethora of bettors this FIFA season.
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