Spain partners STATS for player tracking data ahead of Russia 2018

Spain partners STATS for player tracking data ahead of Russia 2018

In a bid to check and improve player’s performance, the Royal Spanish Football Federation has partnered Sports data and intelligence company STATS to provide fitness, tactical and technical data for Spain’s remaining pre-World Cup matches using STATS SportVU Pro.

“STATS SportVU Pro has revolutionized the way teams and players prepare and analyze their matches, and we are thrilled to partner with RFEF to bring new context to a talented Spanish squad.”

RFEF serves at the governing body of football in Spain, including the Spanish men’s national team, women’s national team, youth national team, as well as Spain’s national futsal team. In addition, RFEF administers the competition committee of the Campeonato Nacional de Liga: the Primera División and the Segunda División.

STATS SportVU Pro—which was recently validated through a STATS-commissioned independent study by the Technical University of Munich—delivers tracking through an independent camera installation that extracts and processes coordinates of players and the ball. Backed by STATS’ award-winning data science team and engineers, the Spanish national team will have advanced analytics to measure and analyze player performance and fitness, and team formations and strategy.

“As Spain prepares for a tough grouping in the upcoming World Cup, it is important they have the resources and analytics in place to measure team and player performance,” said Richard Henderson, Chief Revenue Officer at STATS. “STATS SportVU Pro has revolutionized the way teams and players prepare and analyze their matches, and we are thrilled to partner with RFEF to bring new context to a talented Spanish squad.”

STATS SportVU will be used in Spain’s two upcoming pre-World Cup matches, including a 23 March vs. Germany and a 27 March match against Argentina. In the lead-up to World Cup selection, RFEF and Spain have used STATS SportVU for team and player evaluation in five previous matches, including; Spain vs. Colombia (7 July 2017), Spain vs. Albania (6 October 2017), Israel vs. Spain (9 October 2017), Spain vs. Costa Rica (11 November 2017), and Russia vs. Spain (14 November 2017).

“Thanks to STATS SportVU tracking, we are provided with reliable fitness data, which helps us to better understand how players physically performed during the competition,” said Oscar Caro, physical coach of the Spanish national team. “It´s really convenient—the fact that both fitness and technical data are sent to us less than 24 hours post-match.”