About the IMS Standard for Wearable Tracking Devices

The FIFA Football Technology Innovation Department is working on the standardisation of electronic performance and tracking systems (EPTS) and thereby looking to provide guidance to football’s stakeholders in regard to the use of EPTS in competitive matches.

The Laws of the Game 17/18 were updated to account for the use of EPTS (Law 4) and introduced the minimum standard that should be met by any wearable tracking system that is to be used in match. Any such device must meet the IMS standard as set out in the FIFA Quality Programme for Wearable Electronic Performance and Tracking Systems.

In order to obtain the IMS mark and be listed as an approved wearable technology, each system must be tested by an accredited independent test institute. The testing is only open to wearable EPTS devices and approval of the hardware does not constitute any assessment of the quality of output data generated by the devices. Any device must be tested by 1 June 2018 in order to be eligible for use in official competitions thereafter.

Further testing will be introduced around the performance of EPTS, which will include wearables as well as non-invasive performance tracking systems (e.g. optical). This standard will be a performance standard and will not constitute a formal requirement by The IFAB.

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SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - JULY 02:  A player tracking tablet is seen on the bench at half time during the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 Final between Chile and Germany at Saint Petersburg Stadium on July 2, 2017 in Saint Petersburg, Russia.  (Photo by Stuart Franklin - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
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The FIFA Football Technology Innovation Department is working on the standardisation of electronic performance and tracking systems (EPTS) and thereby looking to provide guidance to football’s stakeholders in regard to the use of EPTS in competitive..

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SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - JULY 02:  A player tracking tablet is seen on the bench at half time during the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 Final between Chile and Germany at Saint Petersburg Stadium on July 2, 2017 in Saint Petersburg, Russia.  (Photo by Stuart Franklin - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
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An operator controls the EPTS system on October 10, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Eric Alonso - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
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