That FIFA World Cup 2022 sets a record as teams from every continent have reached the round of 16 for the first time ever.
The Qatar World Cup, which concluded its group stage on Friday, marked a record for the Asian Football Associationwith three teams (Australia, Japan and South Korea) to reach the knockout stages.
Adidas – an official FIFA partner
Before the Qatar FIFA World Cup 2022, Adidas – an Official FIFA Partner for the tournament provides the game ball for the tournament. The official match ball is called “Al Rihla”, which means “journey” in Arabic.
The relationship between FIFA and Adidas dates back more than 50 years. Adidas has been supplying the official match ball for all FIFA World Cup matches since 1970.
World Cup 2022 high-tech football
We are proud to be the official match ball of the @FIFA World Cup In 2022 there will be a new Connected Ball technology. Delivering an unprecedented amount of data and intelligence for more accurate decisions on the biggest stage of them all. ⚽️
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– adidas football (@adidasfootball) July 1, 2022
When you think of soccer from soccer games, you never think about it Advanced Technology. but If you’ve been paying close attention to the World Cup, you may have noticed balls being charged on the sidelines. It might seem bizarre, but there’s a good reason for that FIFA decided to add high-tech to the 2022 World Cup soccer balls.
The Adidas FIFA World Cup soccer ball has an internal sensor that measures data such as speed and direction, allowing the VAR to track the ball and call for offsides.
The sensor football is powered by a small battery that lasts six hours of active use and up to 18 days when not in use.
This high-tech sensor football came into the limelight when it was discovered that Bruno Fernandes scored and not Cristiano Ronaldo in the game between Portugal and Uruguay. Before this FIFA World Cup game, nobody knew about this progressive football.
Recently, a photo uploaded by a Reddit user and going viral on social media showed the fluro-colored balls being charged like a cellphone from a powerboard before a game.
Help with ball tracking during the game
The football sensor weighs just 14 grams and tracks the ball during play with cameras positioned around the pitch to help referees determine offside and other decisions.
KINEXON – the manufacturer of the sensor has been developing and testing the sensor for six years. Each ball actually contains a Device with two sensorseach with a different purpose. One is an Ultra-Wideband (UWB) sensor, which is more accurate than GPS or Bluetooth, and the second sensor is an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) sensor, which gives a detailed look at how the ball is moving in space.
— Bryan Swanson (@fifa_bryan) July 1, 2022
Each time a ball is touched or kicked FIFA World Cup 2022, the sensors start firing, collecting data at 500 frames per second. This data is immediately transmitted to the Local Positioning System (LPS) installed around the field, which stores the information for immediate use.
Sialkot was responsible for 70% of the global supply of Adidas Al Rihla, the Official Ball of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. pic.twitter.com/ksZOU3fbWE
— Central Business District Punjab (@CBDPunjab) November 26, 2022
It was reportedly three years before Adidas made balls for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The Pakistani city of Sialkot produces over 70 percent of the world’s soccer balls and is the source of soccer balls for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Doha, Qatar.
The 2022 FIFA World Cup final will be played on December 18th.