Major League Soccer may not have the highest standard of play, or the richest teams, but in partnership with adidas, the league will now hold the title of the world’s first “Smart Soccer League”
The upcoming MLS All Star Game will be the first “smart soccer game” as it will use the MiCoach Elite Team System. Starting from the 2013 season onwards, all teams will use the MiCoach Elite Team System in order to provide coaches, trainers and players with real-time performance metrics including heart rate, speed, acceleration, distance, field position and, for the first time, power.
The Elite System uses a miCoach pod that will be inserted into each player’s base layer on the back between the shoulder blades. The base layer will be a customized adidas TechFit Elite that will have integrated sensors to track heart rates.
The data received from each player will first be sent to a base station and then to each coach’s iPad, where using the MiCoach app he will be able to see all the data. It’s a really interesting new innovation that could potentially change how managers coach their teams. Using the data received they will be able to analyze which player’s running low on stamina or underperforming and needs to be substituted off, akin to a game of FIFA.
The MiCoach Elite System was developed in close consultation and collaboration with many football coaches and clubs including Major League Soccer teams New York Red Bulls, Philadelphia Union and Seattle Sounders FC, as well as Real Madrid, AC Milan, Ajax and Bayern Munich. While the MLS is the only league that will have it next year, we’re hoping in the future other adidas sponsored leagues, like the Bundesliga, will also implement the MiCoach Elite System, and eventually, us fans will be able to view the same data that the coaches have.
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