Qatar has trialled a World Cup cooling system that would see mist produced at stadiums at the 2022 tournament.
Initial tests of the system at the Khalifa Stadium in Doha this week were successful, suggesting the technology could be developed for use during the 2022 World Cup.
The Khalifa Stadium is one of eight venues that will host the tournament, with the World Cup cooling system would likely be rolled out across all of the grounds.
Concerns over Qatar’s hot climate have already led to the World Cup being moved from its traditional summer slot to November-December. Even in these months, though, average temperatures are over 25C.
The technology currently being tested in Doha uses cold air and water to create a cooling mist. This is then sprayed into the stadium through a series of valves.
The World Cup cooling system should bring the temperature on the pitch down to 20C. This is comparable to temperatures in Russia during the 2018 finals.
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If successful, Qatar’s cooling system would help to alleviate fears that the country will be too hot an environment for the tournament’s players and fans.
The technology could also have implications for sports stadiums around the world where fixtures are played in hot weather.
The trials have attracted the attention of football administrators from various countries.
The president of the Korean Football Association, Chung Mong-gyu, said: “Qatar’s cooling system might be something [many Asian] leagues could consider using after 2022 because a lot of matches are scheduled during summer months.”
Technological solutions to Qatar’s extreme temperatures had been promised by organisers since the country was awarded the tournament in 2010.