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How does FIFA’s live-ball tracking system work?

What is the operation of the World Cup equipment? The authority World Cup ball contains a lightweight sensor inside, which was put to testing for quite some time prior to getting full FIFA confirmation.


At the FIFA World Cup 2022 that is currently taking place in Qatar, the introduction of new technology has spiced things up, making the matches more interesting. While the video colleague ref (VAR) innovation plays had a urgent impact in precluding offside objectives, one more piece of innovation denoted its presentation at football’s greatest occasion.

The live ball-tracking mechanism is the piece of technology in question. The FIFA World Cup is the first time such technology has been utilized.


How does the live-ball tracking technology function?


The official FIFA World Cup 2022 match ball with the name Al Rihla contains live-ball tracking technology. The AI solutions provider KINEXON, based in Germany, developed the technology.

The lightweight sensor inside the official FIFA World Cup ball was developed and tested for six years before receiving full FIFA certification.


These sensors, which are constructed with an inertial measurement unit (IMU), can use the ultra-wideband (UWB) radio frequency in addition to providing real-time spatial positioning and movement information, in case you are still curious about how the technology works.

Adidas’ suspension technology is used to support KINEXON’s in-ball device, ensuring that the technology remains within the ball.

According to the information on the KINEXON website, the sensor combines UWB and IMU technology and is connected to a Local Positioning System around the pitch to provide raw data on position, movement, and touch “through the air” in real-time.


A comprehensive data set contains the information that the sensors provide. This incorporates information concerning distance covered by the ball, the ball’s speed increase and speed, how far players ran during going after and protecting, what the spilling speed was at some random time, the speed at which the ball was shot during objectives, passing precision of the groups, and so on.


How does the censor assist in tracking decisions made off-side?


Hawk-Eye’s optical camera tracking is paired with the ball sensor. Around the stadium, there are twelve Hawk-Eye cameras that track each player and the ball 50 times per second. Players’ bodies, including their limbs, are tracked at 29 distinct points.

Offside decisions that are not only highly accurate when combined, but also available much more quickly than in the past are made possible by these two data sources.

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