• Loading stock data...
Monday, July 22, 2024
Join us this September for Tuned In Request to Attend

US Soccer Announces World’s Largest Wearable Performance Tracking Device Partnership with STATSports

Photo via US Soccer

The United States Soccer Federation (US Soccer) announced STATSports as its official on-field performance monitoring device, in an effort to improve data collection and player development.

At a glance, the partnership isn’t all that groundbreaking. In addition to having previously worked with US Soccer, STATSports also has partnerships with top international soccer federations including Belgium, Brazil, England, and Germany and top teams in the English Premier League.

Yet, if you take a closer look, it’s rather remarkable.

The deal, which is the world’s largest GPS partnership, will provide 6,500 APEX GPS tracking devices to players across U.S. Men’s, Women’s, Youth, Paralympic, Futsal and Beach National Teams, Development Academy clubs, and the NWSL. 6,000 of these will be reserved exclusively for the development academies and provided free of charge. This will allow the federation to track and monitor performance data while providing more information to help coaches and performance directors understand the development process at all levels and ages.

“The hope is long-term, with a partnership between US Soccer and the development academies, that we can use this dataset to track, monitor, and benchmark how players physically develop and [identify] the key attributes within the youth development process and at the pro level across the whole system,” says James Bunce, the director of high performance at US Soccer.

Photo via STATSports

Wearables are already very ingrained in soccer culture and US Soccer athletes have been wearing them while playing for many years. Until today, though, this process wasn’t streamlined and data was collected from two separate companies – STATSports and Catapult Sports, another leading company in the GPS tracking space.

When it came time to formulate an official partnership, though, STATSports stood out.

“It’s a partner that is huge in world sport. They have a lot of the share of the market throughout sport both in the US and in Europe. We felt they offered the best unit and reliability and accuracy,” says Bunce.

Through this partnership, US Soccer will be able to monitor players as they move up through the development system, tracking them at a young age to better customize training programs and help avoid injury.

Photo via STATSports

The APEX GPS devices pick up every type of movement a player does both in training and in games. It can track total distance, the number of meters run per minute, and determine speed. It also has an accelerometer built into it to determine a player’s rate of acceleration and deceleration.

In today’s world, having this type of information is not only essential for coaches, but it’s increasingly important to players.

“They want to take ownership of their development, they want to see how they performed in matches and training. It’s very normal that players, after training and after matches, want to know how they performed,” explains Bunce.

The large scope of this partnership and the number of units provided to US Soccer’s athletes will better equip them to do that.

Photo via STATSports

There are endless possibilities in the sports technology space. At the moment, Bunce sees the GPS as “the current gold standard” for sports performance, but stresses that US Soccer is “always looking at the next big project and technology.”

Teams and Leagues are starting to look outside the physical fitness space and into mental fitness, demonstrated by the NBA’s recent partnership with the meditation app Headspace. US Soccer has an eye on the space as well and is exploring ways to integrate mind training into its player development.

For now, though, it will focus on rolling out its partnership with STATSports.

“The real exciting thing is the data we can collect of the 6,500 and that’s the mind-blowing datasets that we’re excited to work with the clubs on,” says Bunce.

Copy Link
Link Copied
Link Copied

What to Read

The Road to the Return of ‘EA Sports College Football’

This summer, the biggest development in college sports is virtual.

Argentine Minister Fired After Criticizing Messi Silence on Racist Chant

Argentine players sang a racist chant after their Copa América victory.

Angel City FC Sale Official at Record $250 Million Valuation

Disney CEO Bob Iger and wife Willow Bay now control the club.
podcast thumbnail mobile
Front Office Sports Today

WNBA ASG, Paris Olympics Continue Rise of Women’s Basketball


Featured Today

Jan 7, 2024; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Calvin Ridley (0) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans during the first half at Nissan Stadium.
July 14, 2024

Without Hard-Line Bans, Pro Athletes and Personnel Will Keep Betting on Sports

Penalties often aren’t stringent or consistent enough to deter banned behavior.
Oct 2, 2021; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goddell speaks during the Don Shula Celebration of Life at Hard Rock Stadium.
July 13, 2024

The NFL Is Confident It Can Overturn the Sunday Ticket Verdict

The league may have good reason to believe it can win.
July 8, 2024

NFLPA Report Cards Have Become the ‘Talk of the Locker Room’ Across..

NFLPA report cards have become the ‘talk of the locker room.’

How Sportradar and the NBA are Partnering to Fuel Fan Engagement

How Sportradar and the NBA are utilizing data to enhance fan engagement
April 25, 2023

Oakland A’s Could Share Stadium with Triple-A Team

The Oakland A’s could be searching for a place to play.

MLS’ Chris Schlosser on Pioneering the Digital-First Sports League with AI

Chris Schlosser discusses MLS’s growth and digital transformation.

TopSpin 2K25 Brings the Legends of Tennis to Your Living Room

2K sports is reviving a classic with TopSpin 2K25.
Titans stadium.
April 19, 2023

Titans’ Historic New $2.1B Stadium One Step Closer to Reality

About $1.26B in public money would go toward the new stadium.
May 20, 2022

Crypto Crash Impact on Sports Sponsorships

Prior to the last two weeks, cryptocurrencies, NFTs, exchanges, and a host…
March 11, 2022

The Evolution of Consumer Wearables

The wearables market has seen incredible amounts of growth since the onset of the pandemic. Trends like telemedicine and remote patient monitoring have helped spur adoption and inspired new consumer products that allow for the tracking and collection of biometric data.
February 11, 2022

The Role of Live Sports in Streaming

The streaming wars have intensified as the field is as competitive as ever. One way to retain customers? The answer might be live sports.