Technology has played a major role in this year’s World Cup. We saw for the first time the inclusion of Video Assistant Referees, an NFC enabled ball and detailed stats tracking for every team. And this same technology is slowly making its way to the ranks of amateur players.
Essential reading: Training sensors for soccer (aka football) players
T-Goal is a light, portable and powerful smart sensor that collects your in-game soccer data, allowing you to adjust and plan your training like the pros. It comes from a Canadian-based startup with the same name.
The device uses an accelerometer and GPS to track a variety of metrics including speed, distance, energy expenditure, max speed, running intensity, sprints and more. There is also a heat-map which shows the player’s relative positioning density during the match.
Just wear the T-Goal sensor, connect it to the app and go out and play. The gizmo slips into a compression shirt or a calf sleeve, but you can also wear it on a wrist strap. Once the game is over, simply open the app to dissect your performance. The app allows you to monitor your positioning, fitness and athleticism to determine what you need to improve. You can even compare individual and team performance between games.
Finally, T-Goal also works as a daily fitness tracker that counts your steps, calories, average pace, and distance traveled. It keeps tabs on exercise, and you can map and track your runs to understand where you sped up and slowed down.
This is not the first soccer sensor, but it is one of the cheapest. The gizmo is going for a surprisingly reasonable $80 on Kickstarter. Its still early days in the campaign so we are quite confident the project will meet its goal. Backers can expect to receive their device in September.
Price: $80 and up
$4,489 raised out of $7,594 goal
34 days to go
Estimated delivery: September 2018
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