When you attend a live sporting event, you tend to miss out on certain things, like commercials for bad beers, the chance to watch a screen, and a constant stream of analysis that we all pretend to understand. A new augmented reality app for World Cup attendees is set to change that (the stats part, anyway).
For those in Qatar watching in person, the FIFA+ app offers a live augmented reality stats overlay, different camera angles, TV-like VAR replays and various other features. One gets the feeling that the people in the bad seats will use it a lot more than those close by.
Attendees can point their phone’s camera at the pitch (the pitch, sorry), at which point an overlay appears giving individual player stats, their movement speed (I’ve never wondered about this before), and maps of individual heat. However, it won’t tell you what they ate that day or who they’re dating.
The future of watching football is here 🤯
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It should be noted up front that this particular feature is only useful if you’re actually at the Qatar stadium, and won’t work if you point your phone in the general direction of Qatar from your front lawn in Cleveland or wherever. I tried.
World Cup attendees aren’t likely (hopefully) to watch the entire game through their phone after buying an expensive ticket to a rare event, and glancing at the app once in a while could add to the experience. , especially when they throw a drink at a referee because of a missed call or wanting to know what happened while they were in line for the bathroom.
It’s an instant way to diffuse any confusion about what’s going on. Whether or not it’s a good thing to have 80,000 quasi-referees in the stands remains to be seen.