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FIFA World Cup 2022: In-Match, Post-Match Football Intelligence Visuals Make Leap

New metrics providing enhanced detail will be deployed in covering every game

During the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 over the next month, FIFA will share the most modern insights, metrics, and performance data in tournament history with the worldwide TV and online audience, along with the participating teams and their players. Developed by the FIFA High Performance team and led by FIFA Chief of Global Football Development Arsène Wenger, the enhanced football intelligence service will offer new and exciting metrics to enrich coverage and analysis of every game of the FIFA World Cup 2022.

World Cup fans will have more insight into play than ever via performance graphics.

Every match will have its own unique set of in-match and post-match enhanced football intelligence visuals presented as augmented reality and traditional graphics. The new statistics break down each area of the game into fine detail and provide operational definitions and multiple video examples to clearly define each action. This will enable an analysis not only of what happens on the ball but also of the movements and interactions around and off the ball for teams and players both in and out of possession.

Using this data, FIFA will be able to conduct longitudinal post-match analysis to understand how the game is evolving over time, along with providing developmental analysis to better comprehend what it takes to progress from junior to senior level in both the men’s and women’s games. Watch Wenger explain the enhanced football intelligence service.

“We would like to share our vision of using football-data analytics combined with technical-expert interpretation to create a new football intelligence, allowing everyone to better understand the game,” says Wenger. “Enhanced football intelligence will be our blueprint for how we analyze football in the future. When we discover new insights, we want to share them with the world of football. With our online FIFA Training Centre, we have a fantastic vehicle to do so. My team will continue to provide new and insightful football-analysis content to help share new understanding of the game combined with performance data, video examples, and technical explanations.”

The FIFA High Performance team — comprising football analysts, data scientists, and data engineers — has developed innovative technology to provide groundbreaking metrics and insights. At the FIFA World Cup 2022, 11 new metrics will be deployed:

  • Possession control
  • Ball-recovery time
  • Line breaks
  • Defensive-line height and team length
  • Final-third entries
  • Forced turnovers
  • Pressure on the ball
  • Expected goals
  • Team shape
  • Receptions behind midfield and defensive lines
  • Phases of play 

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