MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – When the World Cup kicks off in Qatar on November 20, fans can expect a wealth of statistics and match footage on social media and FIFA hopes this will include the data and the content of a new player application.
FIFA said on Friday that all players in the final will be able to browse their performance data on a purpose-built app developed by the governing body which gives footballers from all 32 teams access to analytics and insights.
The app has been created after player feedback, via players union FIFPRO, and the data will be synced with the video of the action to allow quick assessment of key moments.
While these data and metrics are widely available to players from top clubs and national teams, who employ analyst teams, the app will ensure that teams with fewer resources will also have access to them.
The app will use inputs from FIFA performance analysts, tracking data and physical performance metrics such as distance covered, sprints and positional heatmaps.
Players will also receive match photos that they can share on social media along with stats and data.
“This player-centric development is based on direct player feedback and is another great example of how FIFA is using technology to its fullest potential in improving the football experience for key players on the pitch.” , said Johannes Holzmueller, FIFA Director of Football Technology and Innovation.
Simon Colosimo, FIFPRO deputy general secretary, said the players had asked for better access to their performance data.
“The FIFA Player app is a positive outcome that will enable personal data rights and provide a new resource for players at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar,” he said.
(Reporting by Simon Evans, editing by Ed Osmond)
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