The advanced ball, developed by FIFA, is the big winner of the World Cup in Qatar

As the Blues play in their second consecutive World Cup final on Sunday, regardless of the result, we already know the winner of this 22nd edition. Indeed, FIFA’s ultra-technological ball seems to have revolutionized Qatari competition and professional football in some ways.

Gone are the days when we played football with a stitched leather ball. For a month, in Qatar, the best players in the world contest a ball of a new kind. Ultra modern and full of technology, the round ball seems to have particularly convinced fans, players and referees throughout the competition. In fact, the ball, equipped with various sensors, has made it possible to greatly improve certain refereeing decisions.

The new FIFA ball used in Qatar, real winner of the 2022 World Cup © Pixabay

Its greatest asset is its geospatial sensor which carries over throughout the game exact location on the ball field. Transferred to the VAR (virtual assistance to referee) control room, the geographic coordinates are linked with the information sent by other sensors (especially the one used to calculate the exact moment the ball is hit by a player). They thus make it possible to help the judges to determine some very specific mistakes. For example, some targets have been rejected due to a offside position identified within a few millimeters.

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Will technology rule the sport of tomorrow?

According to this new semi-automatic offside control, the revolution is indeed underway. In addition to the many sensors used in the (highly technical) World Cup ball in Qatar, these are also 12 ultra-precise cameras who from the roofs of each stadium scrutinize the precise movements of the 22 players present on the pitch. 29 body parts of each player is thus captured 50 times per second to delineate their position as well as their attitude.

And this new era does not stop at football. These have actually been for several years automated systems who in certain tennis matches replace the linesmen when there is doubt. that Hawkeye (lynx eye in French) has been used in this sport since 2006. The French Football Federation has also used it since 2016 to monitor goal lines with greater precision.

Source: fivethirtyeight.com

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