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No World Cup without new, major technological innovations. The World Cup in Qatar is no exception.

When the matches during the World Cup in Qatar take place, it will be with several innovations on the wallpaper. One of these is nothing less than a high-tech football. The WC22's official match ball, Al Rihla Pro, which is equipped with contains the so-called 'connected ball technology'.

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A technology that is now so advanced that a chip that registers the exact moment of impact can safely be built into the match ball itself – or rather the balls. Something which means that this year's World Cup in football will be improved on a serious Achilles' heel for all football fans - and probably also the referees: the offside ruling.

Testet intensivt op til VM22

We can now - perhaps - put this question to rest for good - at least for a while, when the world championship in men's football rolls across the world's screens until close to Christmas Eve. The new ball has been tested intensively during two major tournaments, the World Cup for club teams and the FIFA Arab Championship, both in 2021, as a prelude to the World Cup and is now ready for ... well, kick-off.

Take a look at the iconic Italian referee, Pierluigi Collina, who is now chairman of FIFA's Referees Committee, talk about the new technologies.

The technology has been in the works for many years, but now with a high number of updates - actually as many as 500 times per second - combined with 29 vital data points on the player, you are ready to really let the new technology show its value! Topped up with 12 tracking cameras under the stadium roof or the stands and modern camera technology and the gradually well-implemented VAR, the 'package' is ready to be put to the test during this year's World Cup. In other words, we must therefore also expect that the certainty of a correct ruling will now be increased considerably. 

Watch the video and read more about the new technology here, which explains, among other things, how Video Match Officials can help the referee make the correct decisions by means of 3D generation.

Perhaps in the future we will look back on the World Cup 2022, as the year when we could seriously scrap the phrase that the referee must have new glasses - at least when it comes to the offside rulings.


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