The Innovation Blog

The Innovation Blog provides an insight into the technology developments and quality standards in football but also highlights how other sports manage technology.

15 October 2018

Interview with Dr. Grant Duthie

The core research team for FIFA’s Electronic Performance and Tracking Systems (EPTS) validation study included Dr. Grant Duthie from the Australian Catholic University who has a wealth of experience using athlete tracking in a number of sports.

01 October 2018

The Making of the Video Operation Room (VOR)

VAR premiered at the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ and will now feature in many other competitions in the coming years.

17 September 2018

PitchRater App: improving football pitches through direct player feedback.

An innovative project was launched in Scotland in 2016 seeking professional player feedback concerning the surfaces they played on week in week out.

03 September 2018

Interview with Victoria University’s Prof. Robert Aughey

Following a lengthy consultation process with key stakeholders in football, FIFA commissioned a large-scale study – the largest of its kind to date – to assess the validity of Electronic Performance and Tracking Systems.

20 August 2018

The beginning of a new era: Mexican Football Technological Innovation Centre

Following months of planning, the Liga MX/Ascenso MX and the Mexican Football Association took the strategic decision to launch a new technological innovation centre.

06 August 2018

The Making of a Football

What impact is technology having on football production? The FIFA Quality Programme met with some manufacturers and members of the Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry to find out.

04 June 2018

The Hidden Technologies at the 2018 FIFA World Cup™

With only a few days to go until the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ kicks off, the Football Technology Innovation team is in the final preparations and functionality tests of the technologies that are set to be used throughout the tournament in Russia.

28 May 2018

Understanding hybrid & reinforced surfaces in football

Modern football stadiums are becoming more technically equipped.

24 May 2018

The Medical Analyst

Following the approval by the IFAB for the use of small handheld electronic or communication devices in the technical area, FIFA is set to offer all the teams at the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ a technical setup for medical analysts and team medical staff.

14 May 2018

Increased Goal-line technology adoption

The use of Goal-line technology (GLT) in several competitions around the world has increased significantly since its approval by the International Football Association Board (The IFAB) in 2012.