Players soccer, O Big Brother is watching you – on the lawn, with live digital monitoring.
A Fifa announced on Wednesday that it will collaborate with technology company Kinexon to launch an application for professional players designed to monitor performance on the pitch.
Live Player Tracking aims to provide new insights into the health and development of players, and will also make it possible to improve the presentation of the game to fans around the world, said Fifa and Kinexon.
Headquartered in the German city of Munich, Kinexon said it has worked with more than 400 clubs, leagues and events to develop ways to improve player and team performance, reduce injuries, accelerate injury recovery and further expand fan involvement with the sport.
The monitoring would make use of a connected device that can be sewn into the uniform and that would transmit a series of data – an example of the “internet of things” already widely used in the latest generation industrial production.
FIFA’s endorsement comes after the technology was adopted by German clubs Bayer Leverkusen and Stuttgart.
“This is an important step for FIFA to innovate and further develop the sport,” said Nicolas Evans, head of research and standards at the governing body of football.
“The next logical step is to make the data available in real time,” added Evans.
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