As happened last year, La Liga invited us to see its technological advances in the framework of the Mobile World Congress, and also this year, it took us to the Espanyol Stadium to show us all its technological innovations. We tell you below what were the issues referred to.
Calendar Selector / Sunlight Broadcasting Planning
We were surprised to learn that La Liga uses artificial intelligence to schedule the matches, as well as machine learning or machine learning to determine the best time and the best time to increase both stadium attendance and television ratings. . For scheduling, the program analyzes 70 different variables to give an accurate result.
You can also put restrictions manually, depending on the conditions of the place where the game takes place. An example they gave is, for example, that if La Liga knows that there will be a demonstration or a march in one of the cities where a match will be played, that information is fed and the program looks for another date for the football match.
Also, with a different program they analyze the natural light of a stadium, to predict with date and time, how the sun is going to be seen in the field. This is important to determine the best way to broadcast the game on television, since the sun directly affects the way the image on television is seen in a football game.
Video Assistant Referee (VAR)
Since this season La Liga is using the controversial Video Assistant Referee (VAR). The headquarters are in Madrid, in the offices of the Real Federacin Espaola de Ftbol, and as the referees belong to the federation, then it is there where they have eight different rooms for the VAR.
The team consists of a central VAR referee, an assistant referee and a video operator. They told us that all revisions are initiated by the VAR team and never by the Central Judge of a game. Also, we learned that there are four situations in a match that are automatically reviewed by regulation: the goal, the red card, penalties and wrong identity of some player.
They also have a calibration system to determine the misplaced, once again using artificial intelligence, to determine the angles of the cameras that detect the offside. We saw it in a demonstration and the accuracy is millimeter.
The League has been a pioneer in the use of Replay360, the repetition technology that allows you to recreate 3D repetitions of any play and offer viewers around the world a unique perspective from any angle of the pitch. 38 cameras installed in the stadium allow the spectator to fly over the action or even place themselves in the point of view of the protagonist of the action. Six La Liga stadiums already have this technology, a figure that will be extended for next season.
- Season 17-18. 4 stadiums: FC Barcelona (Camp Nou), Real Madrid (Santiago Bernabu), Atletico de Madrid (Wanda Metropolitano), Sevilla FC (Ramn Snchez Pizjun)
- Season 18-19. +2 stadiums: Athletic Club of Bilbao (San Mams), Valencia CF (Mestalla)
- Season 19-20. +2 stadiums: Real Sociedad (Anoeta), Betis (Benito Villamarin)
Virtual Reality (VR)
This experience, which is already available in department stores, allows the viewer to enter a place that would otherwise be impossible. That is to say that the fan can go with his team at the exit of the tunnel or can visit the dressing room before a match, they can see when the team gets off the bus and arrives at the stadium, as well as some plays from the court level.
For now, we were told that they anticipate the live broadcast of virtual reality games, but in relation to the announcement of Barcelona in MWC, we do not rule out that this is a reality very soon, when the 5G network arrives everywhere.