FIFA makes performance stats app available to players at Qatar 2022

September 23 – Players at the World Cup in Qatar are to be given access to their playing performance stats via an app being provided by FIFA.

FIFA is collecting the individual player data from matches and collated in the FIFA Player App which has been created based on input from FIFPRO and in compliance with the Charter of Player Data Rights.

FIFA said that a survey found that players are “very interested in their performance data and want to have easy access to this information.”

The data collected includes:

  • Enhanced football data metrics – calculated from enhanced event data, captured by performance analysts, combined with tracking data. Examples include whether a player made an offer or movement to receive, whether their distribution action broke opposition lines, and the pressure they applied to an opponent in possession of the ball.
  • Physical performance metrics – collected through in-stadium tracking system consisting of multiple cameras located around the pitch for maximum player coverage. Metrics include distance covered at various speed thresholds, number of actions above 25km/h, and maximum speed, all displayed on positional heat maps.
  • Enhanced football intelligence metrics created by the FIFA Football Performance Analysis & Insights team through the development of a series of algorithms and models that operate live to integrate event and tracking data. The new metrics analyses include the phase of play, line-breaking events, receiving locations, and pressure being applied to the player in possession of the ball.

This data is synchronised with match footage to enable players to watch all key moments of their own performance in detail, using different camera angles.

Players will be able to save or share the photos on social media, together with their favourite match statistics, directly from the app.

Johannes Holzmüller, FIFA Director of Football Technology & Innovation, said: “For the first time at a FIFA World Cup, not only the participating teams but also all players will have the opportunity to get direct access to their own performance data and the related video clips after each match… and is another great example of how FIFA is using technology to the best of its potential by improving the football experience for the key actors on the pitch.”

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