New Technologies: Germany, Football, and the UEFA Cup

It is well know that in many sports, particularly fast moving multiple player sports, that small details can change the direction and momentum of the match. What seem like tiny random events (a missed pass, a set move, a clash between players) can have a disproportionate effect on the game.

In order to make the most of potential technological advances the German National Football Team (DFB) has developed a long-standing partnership with German software and analytics conglomerate SAP.

Recently, the DFB announced several new prototype technologies and enhancements that are being tested in its campaign for the 2016 UEFA Cup.

The SAP Cloud Platform consists of multiple prototype technologies developed exclusively for DFB testing:

  • SAP Challenger Insights
  • SAP Match Insights
  • SAP Team One App
  • Penalty Insights Function in SAP Sports One

SAP has released a press statement about the technologies, stating they are:

“providing data driven insights surrounding an opponent’s offensive and defensive tendencies, formations, and more.”

The SAP Cloud Platform is available on iPads that DFB players have in their pre-game lockers which coaches use to display data of the opposing team’s tactical characteristics and assumed match plans to review in video breakdowns.

The SAP Match Insights projects a new dashboard that gathers real-time pitch information on previous and upcoming games including, average ball possession time, defensive strategies and player movements. The dashboard is equipped with video progressions of each team and their current and projected tendencies, which are simulated.

The Penalty Insights Function prepares the goalkeepers for possible free kick characteristics from multiple shooters. The software informs the goalkeeper on five specific players (chosen by the keeper) likely to take the shot in a match and their tendencies regarding typical aiming points, goal side favouring, goal-to-miss ratios and approach kick variability.

Photo credit: “www.colourbox.com”. Material used in the preparation of this article has been drawn from Sports Illustrated.

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