Each FIFA World Cup brings technological innovations. Qatar 2022 will have several innovations with impact inside and outside the pitch.

These are some of the most relevant:

⚽ A revolutionary World Cup ball – Al Rihla

adidas has developed this new technology in close collaboration with FIFA and KINEXON. This will enable the Video Match Officials to review live data for the first time by automatically providing very accurate information, 500 times per second, on when a player has touched the ball, allowing accurate detection of the kick point.

Al Rihla will be the first World Cup Official Match Ball to feature this innovation, providing precise ball data, which will be made available to Video Match Officials in real-time.

🏟 Stadium cooling technology

Seven of the eight stadiums for the 2022 World Cup feature Advanced Cooling Tech – a revolutionary technology that will keep the atmosphere inside the stadium cooled. There will be an energy centre near the stadium, from where chilled water is brought in a pipeline to the venue. Once it arrives, cold air is pushed onto the field of play and spectator seating areas. Sensors around the stadium will keep the temperature constant and adjust air flows for seats in the shade or sun. 

💻 Semi-automated Offside Technology

FIFA has confirmed that semi-automated offside technology will be used at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, offering a support tool for the video match officials and the on-field officials to help them make faster, more accurate and more reproducible offside decisions.

The new technology will have 12 tracking cameras around the stadium apart from a sensor inside the new Al Rihla ball. This technology will provide an automatic offside alert to the Video Assistant Referee every time the ball is played to a player in an offside position. There won’t be a need for protracted VAR replays to determine whether a player is offside or not.

📱 FIFA Player App

Players at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar will be able to get insights into their on-field performance through the FIFA Player App shortly after each match. This innovation is the first visible outcome of the collaboration between FIFA and FIFPRO on developing standards and best practices for collecting, protecting and using personal player-performance data.

🌴 Intelligent Charging Stations (ELPALM)

ElPalm will also be unveiled at the World Cup in Qatar. A wind turbine with solar panels will harness the power of the wind and sun. It will cover the fans and be furnished with USB charging stations, speakers for disseminating important information, and adverts. To keep all the fans connected while they are resting, the Palm will also provide Wi-Fi.


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