Tech at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in numbers

11 Jun 2014

The 2014 FIFA World Cup football tournament kicks off in Brazil tomorrow, and the technology put in place for the huge event that runs until 13 July will then really be put to the test.

We take a look at tech at the World Cup in Brazil in terms of facts and figures as Brazil and Croatia prepare to face off in the tournament’s first match at Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo tomorrow, at 5pm Sao Paulo time.

More than 3bn: The number of TV viewers who watched the last World Cup in 2010 in South Africa. (

14: The number of cameras set up around the rim of each host stadium. For the first time, goal-line technology will be used at the World Cup. (

7: The number of goal-line technology cameras that focus on each goal. Seven of the total 14 cameras will focus on one goal, and the other seven will focus on the opposite goal. The cameras are connected to a central mainframe computer that will analyse each shot on goal. (

46pc: The percentage of respondents for whom watching the World Cup on multiple devices is important. (Survey by on behalf of digital video brand advertising solutions provider YuMe)

20m: The number of ‘Likes’ on The Official Facebook Page of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.

3.09m: The number of followers of on Twitter.

US$3.5bn: The amount Brazil is spending on stadium construction and renovation alone. That is enough money to travel to space 14,000 times. (KNTCR)

US$900m: The amount invested in security, which includes the use of Israeli drones. These so-called PackBot 510 robots can be remotely operated and can detect and examine suspicious objects or explore dangerous environments. (

350: The number of 40-inch HD screens at the IBC, the nerve centre for the FIFA TV production of Brazil 2014, in the Riocentro complex in Rio de Janeiro. (

17: The number of TV studios, ranging up to 400 sq metres, for Media Rights Licensees at the IBC. (

More than 112: The number of kilometres of primary and secondary electrical cables used at the World Cup (

6,000 sq metres: The size of the satellite farm in a structure that took five months to assemble. (

1: The number of consoles Portugal has reportedly requested in every room they stay in. (

1: The number of dedicated video games rooms with three TVs and the latest games reportedly requested by England. (

6: The number of additional Spanish-language channels to the TVs in each room, including two channels from Honduras, reportedly requested by Honduras. (

7: The number of weeks it will take to dismantle the IBC facility after the final match. (

Football in Brazil image via Shutterstock

Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic