New York: The world of football seems to be keen on using GPS technology. Recently, Liverpool’s soccer team was reported wearing GPS devices during a match against Melbourne Victory. Now, NFL (National Football League), a professional American football league composed of 32 teams, has approved the use of GPS tracking for its players.
The NFL will “require players to wear non-obtrusive tracking devices in select practices and games,” according to a league memo sent to the clubs. The GPS devices will be placed on the inside back of players’ jersey to monitor positional and performance data, including speed, distance traveled, and field locations. The device called “OptimumSS” has been developed by Catapult Sports. It monitors different data sets and derives what it calls the “player load”. If the player load is more than 400, it means the player has been pushed too hard. NFL does not plan to share the collected data with the clubs immediately. It will first work with the Competition Committee to find the best way of evaluating and distributing the information. According to the memo, it is likely that all players will be required to wear these devices “at some point over the next few seasons.”