FIFA World Cup 2022: Here’s why the match balls include a built-in battery


  • FIFA is using a special technologically advanced football for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar
  • Despite the new tech onboard, the match balls still have to be inflated like any other football
  • Adidas has spent up to three years developing this special ball for the tournament

Despite the initial streaming-related controversy in India, it’s safe to say that the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar has captured the sporting world’s attention for the quality of the games on offer, which have included a couple of upsets so far in the group stages. If you’ve managed to catch any live broadcasts of the World Cup so far, you may have noticed the inclusion of new stats, determining the speed, distance, and other relevant data during the game, especially after a goal is scored.

This is possible thanks to the advanced sensors built into the official match ball. The ball used in the tournament is produced by Adidas and is known as “Al Rihla”, an Arabic word which means The Journey. But the technology behind it may not be news to everyone.

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On top of providing accurate stats on distance, speed, and other metrics, the sensors can also judge offside decisions with exceptional accuracy, something that could revolutionize the game. The sensors are produced by a firm called KINEXON and weigh around 14 grams. Meanwhile, the official match ball is manufactured in Sialkot, Pakistan. It’s worth pointing out that Adidas has reportedly spent three years developing the match ball for the quadrennial football event.

While the implementation of VAR has been anything but a success in football and is still considered a work in progress, the innovations made to the match ball are a positive sign for the game’s future.

The built-in battery that powers the sensors can reportedly run for 6 hours when there’s a game in progress, while it can go on for 18 hours while idle. Match balls still have to be pumped and inflated before a game, so nothing has changed in that regard.

With the Round of 16 currently underway, we’re officially entering the 2022 FIFA World Cup’s latter stages. Some big matchups are lined up for the quarter-finals, which begin on Friday as the teams count down to the big final on Sunday, December 18.

Via: Times Now