Catapult has landed a multi-year deal to supply over 100 athlete monitoring devices to FIFA World Champions France.
Essential reading: Training sensors for soccer (aka football players)
As part of the agreement Catapult products will be used by teams that the French Football Federation (FFF) is responsible for. This includes the senior men’s and women’s teams, as well as ‘B’ teams and age-group squads.
“We’re very excited to be working with the FFF and look forward to supporting their sports science and performance initiatives over the coming years,” added Joe Powell, CEO of Catapult.
“The FFF are an organisation that continually demonstrate an impressive commitment to performance innovation, something that has been further underlined by the success of their teams on the field.”
Sports wearables are a growing field and more and teams around the world are recognising this. The FFF has been gradually implementing Catapult technology, with the senior men’s team using the devices both in the build-up to and during their successful 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign.
This latest agreement will see also Catapult technology used at the new Clairefontaine Performance Centre when it opens in 2020. The FFF has twelve elite academies located in and around France that specialize in training football players.
“We are delighted to be able to work with Catapult as a member of the FFF Performance Centre,” said Pauline Gamerre, Director of Business Development at FFF in a statement.
“Catapult’s experience and the effectiveness of their solutions make them a leader in their field and we are looking forward to working together to put the best technologies and cutting-edge sports science at the heart of the Performance Centre.”
The Catapult range includes a number of different models. This includes the OptimEye X4, G5 and S5, HPU and PlayerTek devices. The wearables help optimise performance, mitigate injury risk, and quantify return to play protocols. The press release did not mention which of these products will be used by the French teams.
Source: SportTechie; Catapult
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