Irish Sports Technology firm StatSports has signed a deal with the Qatar Football Association which will see the national teams of the host of the 2022 Fifa World Cup Finals use its GPS tracking technology.
The move, which comes exactly three years ahead of the start of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, will allow the Qatar FA monitor the development of their elite players in the run up to the competition.
Qatar is the latest national team to join the company’s client list, one which includes other international federations including England, Germany and Brazil as well as a host of professional clubs such Manchester United, Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool.
“We are happy to welcome StatSports on board,” said Mansoor Al Ansari, General Secretary of the Qatar FA.
“We are constantly searching for ways to improve the performance of the national team players and this partnership is in place to ensure this goal is achieved.”
“This technology will allow us to receive instant feedback and insight into our players’ on-field performance, player load, level of fatigue and injury risk.”
“Analysis through innovation and technology is a major element of our strategy to achieve our ambitious goals.”
“We’re delighted to be working with Qatar at such an exciting time for the sport in the region,” added Sean O’Connor, co-founder and COO of STATSports.
“Our APEX technology will give the coaching staff unique and accurate insight into a huge range of performance points, helping hone players’ ability, improve skills and effectively manage injuries.”
“This latest deal comes at a time of significant growth for the company and we look forward to signing up even more national teams by the time Qatar hosts the World Cup.”
In recent months StatSports has signed landmark agreements with US Soccer, the Chinese Football Association and the Brazilian Football Confederation for its APEX device.
It comes after a busy year for the sports performance monitoring company after it welcomed new investors including Premier League stars Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Raheem Sterling