People attending the FIFA World Cup in Qatar don’t have to miss out on all the player stats they would see while watching matches on TV. The has an augmented reality feature that allows fans to view and switch camera angles.
FIFA that only people who attend matches in person can access the FIFA+ Stadium Experience. According to which has gained traction, users can point their phone’s camera at the pitch. An overlay appears that allows them to tap on a player to see things like their movement speed and individual heatmap.
The VAR replays can be useful for those who are in the stadium but are not clear on why the referee made a certain decision. In the run-up to Japan’s winning goal against Spain on Thursday, it looked like the ball was going out of play (as shown in the image above). However, the referee initially disallowed the goal after VAR showed that a piece of the ball remained within the lines. The option to see the VAR replay on their phone may have helped fans in attendance understand the conversation, especially if they missed it on the big screen.
The AR overlay looks neat and can add to the experience of a game for some people. Then again, it’s the World Cup and possibly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Sometimes it’s okay to keep your phone away and be really immersed in what’s going on around you.
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