Adidas and MLS Partner Up to Make World’s First Smart League
In what promises to be a great move for the league, Major League Soccer has announced that it will be the world’s first intelligent soccer league.
This is due to their plan to implement Adidas’ new miCoach Elite System (pictured here) across all teams in the league.
Having already planned an official debut for the system, at next week’s All-Star Game, they’ve now announced that the wearable technology is going to be expanding into the MLS 2013 season.
The miCoach Elite System tracks an array of instrumental player data, such as speed, acceleration, position, heartbeat and even the intensity of play — which is then pushed instantly to the coach’s miCoach-equipped iPad.
This is a great innovation for soccer in general as it will allow for more accurate reporting of player statistics as well as allowing coaches create better strategies and perform more in-depth analysis, hopefully leading to better player conditioning and improving the game.
Adidas didn’t mention when, or if, the Elite System will be adapted elsewhere, so we’ll have to wait and see how quickly more smart leagues start to pop up around the world.
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