Electronic Performance & Tracking Systems

Electronic performance and Tracking Systems (EPTS), which include camera-based and wearable technologies, are used to control and improve player and team performance.

EPTS primarily track player (and ball) positions but can also be used in combination with microelectromechanical devices (accelerometers, gyroscopes, etc.) and heart-rate monitors as well as other devices to measure load or physiological parameters.

There are three forms of physical tracking devices available on the market:

Optical-based camera systems

Benefits

  • Limited number of measurements

  • Tracking occlusions require manual corrections

  • Installation time

Limitations

  • Non-invasive to players

  • Commonly used in the football market

  • High sampling rate, ball tracking possible

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Local positioning systems (LPS)

Benefits

  • High number of measurements possible

  • Accuracy of measured data in real-time

  • Ultra-wise band technology reduces chances of interferance in transmission path

Limitations

  • Fixed installation

  • Installation costs

  • Installation time

GPS/GNSS systems

Benefits

  • High number of measurements possible

  • Short installation time

  • Operator not needed

Limitations

  • Device attached to player and device size are issues for matchday usage

  • Satellite signal line of sight in stadium

  • Accuracy concerns of measured data

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FIFA Quality Programme for EPTS

The FIFA Quality Programme for EPTS devices was initially launched for wearable tracking systems in 2017 with the aim of ensuring that such devices do not pose a danger to the players.

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)
EPTS FIFA Preferred Provider Initiative

The FIFA Preferred Provider initiative for Electronic Performance & Tracking Systems (EPTS) is the next milestone in the effort to drive the further development of EPTS technology in close collaboration with leading EPTS providers.

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FIFA Quality Performance Reports For EPTS

Performance reports will be listed online for those companies that choose to become licensees and test their system to the FIFA Quality performance standard.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 10: Detail of the players sensors on October 10, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Eric Alonso - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
EPTS Testing Event 2020

For the recently-launched FIFA Quality Programme for Electronic Performance Tracking Systems (EPTS), FIFA invites all interested EPTS providers to participate in the next testing & certification event in late 2020.

An operator controls the EPTS system on October 10, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Eric Alonso - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
FIFA and FIFPRO Develop Standards on Management of Personal Player Performance Data

There is an increasing importance of new technologies in football to collect possibly large amounts of data related to the performance and well-being of football players.

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HUDL Selected as Replay Solution Provider for The FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™

FIFA continues to develop in-game technology solutions.

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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..

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Research & Development | EPTS Standard Data Format

Following the mandate from the IFAB in 2015 to create global standards for Electronic Performance and Tracking Systems (EPTS), FIFA has sought industry and football expertise to provide solutions for the sport.

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)
Electronic Performance & Tracking Systems

Electronic performance and Tracking Systems (EPTS), which include camera-based and wearable technologies, are used to control and improve player and team performance.

An operator controls the EPTS system on October 10, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Eric Alonso - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
EPTS Testing Process

After a period of extensive research and consultation, FIFA has developed a Quality Programme for Electronic Performance Tracking Systems (EPTS). This programme has been developed as a method to quantify the accuracies of the various systems available.