3 Impressive Innovations at the 2018 World Cup

3 impressive innovations at the world cup

As the country celebrates England’s first World Cup semi-final since 1990, we are taking a look at some of the innovative engineering and technology in this year’s tournament in Russia.


Goal Line Technology

Goal Line Technology
England have had their fair share of World Cup controversies that would have been resolved by goal-line technology in the past – none more famous than Geoff Hurst’s 1966 goal that saw England win the World Cup. It has been long debated since as to whether the tournament winning goal ever crossed the line.
More recently was Frank Lampard’s famous disallowed goal during England’s 4-1 defeat to Germany in the 2010 World Cup. This incident is often referred to as the catalyst in FIFA’s decision to implement the technology.
Goal line technology monitors the path of the football and detects when it crosses the line, alerting the referee through a watch on his wrist. The 3 pieces of technology in use in the 2018 World Cup are GoalRef, Hawk-Eye and GoalControl-4D.
GoalControl uses 14 high-speed cameras around the stadium (seven pointed at each goal) that track the flight of the ball. Hawk-Eye cameras are dotted around the pitch to triangulate the position of the ball and GoalRef uses magnetic fields with the goal frame acting as the sensor.

Performance and Tracking Systems

Performance and tracking systems
This is the first World Cup to feature EPTS (Electronic Performance and Tracking Systems). The tablet-based system gives coaches access to player footage and statistics in real-time. Wearable tracking devices and camera-based systems provide information such as tackles, speed and passes as they happen.

Ekaterinburg Arena

Ekaterinburg Arena
Ekaterinburg Arena is the most iconic of this year’s World Cup due to its unusual design. After the FIFA announcement that every venue needed to seat 35,000 spectators, engineers had to come up with an innovative way to expand the stadium.
The solution to this problem was the creation of two temporary exterior stands at either end of the pitch that expand beyond the range of the roof. To compliment the new seating areas, a bespoke sound system was engineered including 223 speakers that provide seamless coverage to those sat in the new areas.


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