Top soccer league in Europe, the Spanish Laliga has declared that it will be among the first institutions to validate goal-scoring balls using blockchain technology.
The institution has already collaborated with Gol-Ball, a different business, to put the technology in place.
The system, which will go into effect following the world cup in Qatar, will track every ball used in every game, separate them out, and show which ones were used to score each goal. Previously, this was not possible because each football was spun and mixed in with the others.
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Former soccer player and Laliga ambassador Samuel Eto’o discussed the significance of this new technology. Eto’o declared:
“Normally, only after completing a hat trick would you receive a ball during your football career, but you could never be certain that it was the ball you used to score any of the goals.
My teammates and I would have preferred to have all of them if we could have determined which ball had scored the goal.”
According to a press release from Laliga on December 1, all fans will have access to these goal-scoring balls through “fan engagement methods” that will be revealed in January.
This suggests the development of international markets for these balls, which might be given away to fans through raffles or paid participation, creating new opportunities for fan involvement and generating income for the business.
Oscar Mayo, executive general director of the Spanish Laliga, stated the following about this new technology.
“It serves as a link between the physical and digital worlds. LaLiga takes pleasure in being innovative and providing opportunities for our fans to feel more deeply connected to their favorite teams and idols.”
The CEO of Gol-Ball, Andres Rodriguez, also stated that fans would be able to own these balls as a 3D image, making an allusion to the release of NFTs (non-fungible tokens).
The Spanish Laliga has previously partnered with Dapper Labs to release Laliga Golazos, an iconic NFT platform. This is not the first time Laliga has been directly engaged in the launch of NFT-based platforms.
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