The 2014 World Cup event was a turning point when technology was increasingly trusted to take part in the prestigious competition. Now, technology in the World Cup is increasingly diverse.
In the last World Cup in Brazil there were cleat (pul) materials on player shoes, big data usage, initial introduction of wearables, and goal-line technology.
An incredible number of fans also recorded uploading content on social media using free WiFi. Includes sports broadcasts with regular analysis and goal highlights on Twitter.
Four years later, in the 2018 World Cup in Russia, new technologies were on display. Because technological innovation is continually forming the way fans consume content, athletes practice, and referees do their jobs.
In 2018, we live in a more connected world. People regularly wear devices on their wrists, athletes use real-time data to make decisions about training, and precision technology in capturing violations that may be missed by the human eye.
Here are some new technologies among them
Help video for referees (VAR)
In March, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) approved the use of video assistant referee (VAR) in football.
The World Cup was the first to offer video technology as an additional tool for referees. According to FIFA, VAR will only be used to “correct clear errors and missed incidents in changing decisions”.
Referees can decide to rely on verbal information from VARs or to review their own video recordings on the sidelines before making a decision.
Electronic Tracking & Performance Systems (EPTS)
First introduced in July 2017, now Electronic Performance and Tracking Systems (Electronic Performance and Tracking Systems / EPTS) have officially become the second major innovation of the 2018 World Cup. player statistics and video recording in real-time.
Each team will be given three slates – one for analysts at the booth, one for analysts on the bench, and one for the medical team. Those on the bench will be able to access information about player metrics and position data, as well as video recordings of matches. The match recording has a 30 second delay.
This allows technical analysts and medical teams to directly provide real-time insights to the trainer and medical staff for decision making during the game.
EPTS has an optical tracking system that uses GPS satellite systems. It is integrated with the camera and the device can be worn. For this World Cup moment, data will be collected through two optical tracking cameras located in the main stand. While the team will also have access to the selected camera.