Next Big Thing – Holographic Football

Japan's (failed) World Cup 2022 bid included the promise of holographic football. We celebrate what might have been

What, so I can dribble all over Rooney in my back garden? Ace!

Nope – so you can pay stadium prices to go to a stadium to not see Rooney play. Or rather, you’ll see him, but he won’t be there. He'll be in Japan. Or, more specifically, Qatar. Which is a shame, because this holographic football concept was developed by Japan for its failed 2022 World Cup bid. Still, you won't be in Qatar either, because who can afford to go to Qatar? Not you, that's for sure.

You’re losing me...

Easily done, Sir. Allow us to explain. Rooney here illustrates what could have happened if Fifa had decided to host the 2022 World Cup in the techiest country in the world rather than a baking desert. Part of Japan's bid was promising to capture every angle of the World Cup games using up to 200 HD cameras, and beam them live to our local pitches.

Oh, I see. Game played in Tokyo, but we watch it at a packed-out Wembley.

Well, that was the idea, until Fifa poured the cold water of World Cup reality over it. There's more too: the holographic tech means you’re not tied to the physical relation between your stadium seat and where the players are, so the view of play can move around, à la TV. An intriguing, albeit possibly terrible, idea. One thing’s for sure, though – Fifa better give Japan the World Cup soon, or we'll be stuck with this 2D nonsense for eternity.