Various tools operate in the background at the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup to provide additional support to the referees and give additional information to the participating national teams to guide their decision-making process during the 64 matches of the tournament. Here are the hidden technologies at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
During the Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup, France’s Karim Benzema was the first player at a World Cup to benefit from goal-line technology for the goal awarded when his header against Honduras passed the goal line just for a few milliseconds.
The technology helped the referees in three incidents at the last edition of the World Cup and as many as 8 goal situations at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. The refs at the 2018 World Cup can continue to rely on the goal-line technology during the tournament in Russia.
The tool processes information from 14 high-speed cameras and sends a signal within a second to the ref’s watch indicating when the ball has crossed the goal line.
Video Assistant Referee
With the International Football Association Board accepting VAR in March 2018, Russia is seeing the first World Cup using video technology as an extra tool for referees. FIFA has used VAR in all the games, with a dedicated team comprising a lead VAR and three assistant VARs at the Moscow International Broadcast Centre.
FIFA has said VAR is used as an additional tool to “correct clear and obvious errors and missed incidents in clearly defined game-changing decisions.” 33 broadcast cameras and 2 dedicated offside cameras are transmitting feeds straight to the VOR using optical fiber – 8 of which are in super-slow motion and 4 in ultra-slow motion. VARs can also speak to the referees on the ground using a fiber-based radio system.
Electronic Performance & Tracking Systems
The 3rd important technology at each match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia consists of tools and communication devices for teams.
The technical and medical staff of the competing national teams will have dedicated workstations on the media tribune and an exclusive line to interact with the medical and coaching staff on the bench.
Positional data from 2 optical tracking cameras positioned on the main tribune that track the players and ball will be accessible by the analysts in real time alongside live clips from selected tactical cameras.