The much-awaited FIFA World Cup tournament in Qatar 2022 is right here with us.
This World Cup promises to be filled with ‘firsts’. For one, this is the first time that an Arab country will be hosting the event. It will also be the first edition of the event that will be played ‘out of season.’ It will also be the first one in which the venues are located within a close distance from one another, which is good news for all football fans flying into Qatar to watch the live matches.
However, while all this makes the FIFA World Cup in Qatar a ‘not to be missed event, there’s one factor that makes this edition of the tournament even more special – the technology.
Football aficionados who will be attending the Qatar World Cup will get front-row seats not only to the exciting matches but also to the innovative technologies that will surely offer experiences like no other.
Here are three innovative technologies that will wow fans and players alike at FIFA World Cup in Qatar 2022:
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.
The app was developed in line with the FIFA President’s Vision 2020-2023 to harness technology to further improve football. It integrates inputs from professional players, in collaboration with FIFPRO, the global representative of professional footballers. The FIFA Player App will be used for the first time at a FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
The FIFA Player App will provide the opportunity for each player to access their player-performance data shortly after each match.
The FIFA World Cup in Qatar will see the introduction of ‘Al Rihla,’ Arabic for the journey, the all-new revolutionary world cup ball.
Al Rihla is equipped with Adidas Suspension System, which contains an inertial measurement unit (IMU) sensor that can detect tight offside incidents. This sensor, positioned in the center of the ball, sends ball data to the video operation room 500 times per second, allowing a very precise detection of the kick point.
Stadium Cooling Technology
The FIFA World Cup in Qatar will feature some of the most technologically advanced stadiums.
Although the event will be held between November and December, temperatures in the Gulf are still likely to reach around 26 degrees Celsius. To bring the temperature down to a temperate 18-24 degrees Celsius, the stadiums have been equipped with cooling technology, giving fans and players a more comfortable space to play and watch the matches in.
Developed by Saud Abdulaziz Abdul Ghani, nicknamed “Dr. Cool” from Qatar University’s College of Engineering, the cooling system will use a combination of insulation and “targeted cooling”. Sensors around the stadium will keep the temperature constant and adjust air flows for seats in the shade or sun. Through an air-circulation technique, warm air will be sucked into the stadium’s cooling system, cleaned by water, re-cooled, filtered out, and pumped out again by the jets.