The players who will compete in the world Cup 2022 in Qatar will have access to their individual performance data after matches through an app, thanks to an initiative to use high-level technology in the competition, according to FIFA’s announcement this Friday.
The statement comes days after the publication of the Letter of Player Data Rights by the players’ union FIFPro, which has been increasingly active in guaranteeing rights in football at a professional level.
According to FIFA, the app will bring together “enhanced football data, physical performance data and intelligence on the field”. The new technology will combine observation through “several cameras across the field” with information from “heat maps by sector”, in addition to the work of “Fifa performance analysts”.
In addition to the general analysis of each selection, athletes will also have access to detailed metrics about their pressure and peak intensity, reception zones and pass intercept ability.
Simon Colosimo, Assistant Secretary General of FIFPro, said that “players have communicated that they wish to have full access to their data and take full advantage of this collection”.
The statistics will “synchronize with the start of matches to allow players to review, from different angles, the key moments of their performances”, it said. In addition, athletes will also be able to “save or share” photos and match statistics “on social media or directly from the app”.
The world institution tested the new real-time analytics system during the 2021 Arab Cup and aims to “maximize the potential of technology” in football, according to the director of Technological Innovation, Johannes Holzmüller.
Four years after the incorporation of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), the World Cup that will be played in Qatar has an innovation that was designed to give more reliability to the referees’ decisions, mainly with “semi-automatic offside technology” (SAOT).