Official Al Rihla footballs used during the World Cups in Qatar are so high tech they require to be charged.
Adidas manufactured the ball. The sensor in the ball measures speed and direction.
Incredible photo taken on Reddit This shows the fluro-coloured balls being recharged, just like a smartphone.
It’s a far cry from when people used to hunt for a bike pump, then use a small needle to put air into a football.
The ‘Al Rihla’ or ‘The Journey’ balls used at the World Cups in Qatar are equipped with a high-tech sensor that must be charged
A photo of the balls was posted by a social media user that quickly went viral. The power board was used for charging the footballs, much like a smartphone. The ball is seen on a black tray that allows the sensor to work for six hours.
Adidas claimed that the sensor’s battery can power it for up to six hours of active usage, or as long as 18 days if not.
The sensor weighs only 14 grams and provides ball-tracking in real time. Cameras are placed around the pitch to help referees make offside or other questionable decisions.
Maximillian Schmidt (co-founder and managing direct of KINEXON), who developed the sensor, stated, “Anytime the ball is kicked or headed, thrown, or even as much as tapped,”
Data is transmitted in real-time by sensors to a local position system (LPS). This setup involves network antennas that are placed around the playing field. These antennas receive and store data for immediate use.
‘When a ball flies out of bounds during the course of play, and a new ball is thrown or kicked in to replace it, KINEXON’s backend system automatically switches to the new ball’s data input without the need for human intervention,’ said Schmidt, giving fascinating insight into the incredible technology.
The Adidas balls were launched by Lionel Messi, an Argentinian star, and feature striking fluro colours. World Cup
Hawk-Eye is a sensor that many sports fans will associate with tennis and cricket.
Although machines can be flawed, many people criticized the VAR for not allowing Enner Valencia’s goal in the opening game between Qatar & Ecuador.
It’s more than just data that the ball can pull.
Franziska Loffelmann from Adidas, was the Design Director for Football Graphics and Hardwear. She said that the ball was also lightning fast.
Adidas released information on the ball to explain how its high-tech features work. The ball’s’speedshell, high-tech sensor, and water-based adhesives and glues make it more efficient and faster.
He explained that the new design of the ball allows it to maintain a significantly higher speed while traveling through the air.
“For the largest global stage of all sport, we set out with radical innovation to make it possible by creating the most precise and fastest FIFA World Cup ball for a date.
That extra speed comes from the fact the ball is made with water-based inks and glues, with dimples on the skin also giving it a much smoother feel; rather than using raised textures like previous balls.
Sergio Rochet, Uruguay’s goalkeeper, strongly supports this claim. He said that the extra speed makes his job harder.
According to him, “Year after year it gets better for the goalkeepers but it gets very difficult for us goalkeepers… this is very fast ball.”
Which is better, basketball or football? The World Cup balls are so advanced that Kylian Mbappe, a French star, thought he’d give it a shot.
It is undoubtedly the most advanced technology. World Cup football has been played every year, although not everyone is a big fan.
Kieran Trippier from England appeared to blame the balls after the side’s troubles with set pieces. This is something that was previously a strength for Three Lions.
‘Every time I’ve crossed the ball I’ve felt the balls are a bit different but there are no excuses really,’ Trippier told reporters.
“I would only say that the balls are slightly different but it is not heat. I feel it’s a bit lighter. It feels if you put too much power on it it’ll just fly away.’
It’s not inexpensive, however.
Rebel Sport sells a replica ball for $240AUD.