Raheem Sterling, Harry Maguire and the rise of football statistics technology

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Raheem Sterling and Harry Maguire are two of the many players now taking advantage of football technology – their managers now know EXACTLY how far they will run and with what intensity … and thanks to FIFA games, young people are embracing it too

  • Football technology is now starting to filter through to all levels of the pyramid
  • Pep Guardiola knows that Raheem Sterling will cover more than 7 miles in a race
  • Companies such as STATSports help teams track players and process the data
  • Young people are open to the data because they grew up with FIFA

Pep Guardiola knows that Raheem Sterling will cover more than 7 miles in a race and reach incredible speeds of nearly 23 miles per hour due to the tracking device he wears in his vest.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows that Harry Maguire will cover nearly 10 kilometers in 90 minutes and will perform about a third of that at ‘high intensity’, with a top speed of over 35 km / h.

These numbers are among the mass of information now being collected by Premier League sports scientists and analyzed using an increasingly sophisticated array of software.

The advancement of technology with companies such as STATSports means that every movement of players can be tracked and recorded to give a large number of performance related output

The advancement of technology with companies such as STATSports means that every movement of players can be tracked and recorded to give a large number of performance related output

Pep Guardiola (right) knows that Raheem Sterling will cover more than 7 miles in a race

Pep Guardiola (right) knows that Raheem Sterling will cover more than 7 miles in a race

Pep Guardiola (right) knows that Raheem Sterling will cover more than 7 miles in a race

The data revolution continues at a rapid pace in the elite professional game in which Manchester City has added an astrophysicist to the team of experts at their disposal.

It has also trickled down the pyramid to reach the base level of the game, where STATSports, the company that provides GPS tracking equipment to Premier League clubs, teamed up with the Junior Premier League (JPL) for a five-team pilot program at the start of this season.

“It works, the kids loved it and responded to it,” said JPL Chairman Martin Brock. ‘With those five squads it was all:’ what is your top speed ‘,’ how far have you run ‘and’ what does your heatmap look like ‘.

Both Harry Maguire and Sterling are two elite players taking advantage of STATSports technology

Both Harry Maguire and Sterling are two elite players taking advantage of STATSports technology

Both Harry Maguire and Sterling are two elite players taking advantage of STATSports technology

RAHEEM STERLING

HMLD 2411m (high intensity activity)

Max. Speed: 36.97 km / h

Running at high speed: 1498m

Distance per min: 123m

Total distance: 11.22 km

HARRY MAGUIRE

HMLD 3256m (high intensity activity)

Max. Speed: 35.02 km / h

Running at high speed: 952m

Distance per min: 118m

Total distance: 9.78 km

They are tech-savvy and play FIFA, so they are used to the sprint speeds of Mo Salah and Sadio Mane.

‘They want to be like their idols and they want the comparisons. They want to get better, faster and fitter. They are all ambitious and they use the vests and the pods give you the data to monitor it. ‘

The tracking equipment allowed some young players to keep track of their fitness on their phones and tablets during the lockdown and a new STATSports Apex Coach series, launched to coincide with the return of grassroots football, will provide coaches with the software to monitor the data . of their players from the sidelines in real time.

“The coach series allows the coach who lacks the sports science and conditioning background to understand the data of his players,” said Sean O’Connor, co-founder of STATSports.

‘To create competition, map development and compare it with national or even professional standards.’

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