The United States Soccer Federation (USSF) has announced a ‘ground-breaking’ new partnership with Northern Ireland-based performance data firm STATSports.
The deal is said to be worth a whopping UK£1 billion (US$1.5 billion), and will lead to four million registered soccer players in the US wearing the company’s Apex athlete monitoring devices.
US Soccer and STATSports say the partnership will result in the world’s largest player data monitoring programme, which will help identify future soccer stars in the US, as well as giving players at all levels across the country access to the performance technology used by top professionals and teams around the world.
STATSports’ software will allow US coaches to analyse each player’s individual response to training sessions and games through real-time feedback. This will also reduce the chances of players under-training or suffering injuries from over-training.
The technology will be rolled out across all of US Soccer’s national teams, while it will also be deployed in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), as well as across youth national teams and development academy clubs.
As well as US Soccer, STATSports also has partnerships with the National Football League (NFL), National Hockey League (NHL) and a number of clubs from English soccer’s Premier League.
“We are extremely excited to partner with STATSports,” said US Soccer’s director of sport development Ryan Mooney. “This technology will drive our support, improve performance, and better monitor health and safety across all of our national teams and our nation’s elite players in the development academy.
“By partnering with a world leader in wearable performance tracking, we will help drive and improve player environments through the exchange of data between clubs and US Soccer as players enter and leave national team camps. Over time, this information will be used to research, support and educate the entire landscape.”
STATSports group managing director Jarlath Quinn added: “Our expectation is for millions of registered players in the US to be wearing these devices by 2022 and this will revolutionise the way young players train, recover and perform. This will be the world’s largest data collection programme on athletes in any sport across both professional and recreational levels. The information is so rich it enables everyone to make better decisions on training and performance.”