Adidas plans world’s first ‘smart soccer match’ for July

The company says that it will use its miCoach system to provide coaches with real-time tracking on players playing in the Major League Soccer All-Star Game on July 25.

by Don Reisinger

According to the company, the MLS game will be the world’s “first smart soccer match,” allowing coaches to track player performance on the pitch. Adidas hasn’t revealed too many details on how the service will work, but it appears that coaches will be able to access real-time player statistics, including speed, acceleration, and power output, from a tablet. The software also provides alerts coaches might need to consider.

Although Adidas calls its player-tracking software the “next step in player performance analysis technology,” it might make some sport purists take a step back. The kind of information to be made available to the MLS All-Star Game coaches is unlike anything they’ve had before. And that kind of data could make the game more reliant upon raw data than instinctual decision-making — a key aspect of soccer since its inception.

Read more at: http://news.cnet.com/8301-10797_3-57412383-235/adidas-plans-worlds-first-smart-soccer-match-for-july/?part=rss&subj=news&tag=title

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