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Japan’s top professional Football League installs ChyronHego TRACAB™ player tracking system

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ChyronHego’s industry-leading technology delivers up-to-the-second player tracking data for team analysis and fan enjoyment.

ChyronHego announced this week that the J.League, the top division of the Japan Professional Football League, has rolled out the ChyronHego TRACAB™ to provide advanced player tracking capabilities for all 18 J.League teams and venues. TRACAB will cover more than 300 J.League matches during the current Japanese football season, which launched March 3.

A joint project of the J.League, J.League Media Promotion, and Japanese sports data collection and analysis firm Data Stadium, the TRACAB deployment uses ChyronHego’s patented image processing technology to identify the position and speed of all moving objects on the pitch, including players, officials and the ball. An array of portable optical cameras installed at the pitch captures live and highly accurate X, Y, and Z coordinates of each viewable object at up to 25 times each second. Data Stadium supplies this data to J.League teams to help them analyse player speed, ball movement, distance between players and other key factors that can help improve player and overall team performance. The data can also be used to enhance the viewing experience for fans in the stadium, as well as broadcast and online audiences, enabling real-time animation that precisely recreates player movements for “instant virtual replays”.

Takao Konishi, President of J.League Media Promotion, said:

After the success of our early deployments at select J.League venues, we’ve concluded that ChyronHego’s TRACAB is the industry’s most comprehensive and non-intrusive real-time player tracking system. Therefore, it makes perfect sense to roll this system out to the entire J.League ecosystem.

The TRACAB installation presents an exciting new revenue opportunity for the J.League, as new groups of stakeholders — such as sponsors, broadcasters, and other media — discover the data’s potential for enhancing fans’ experience. Plus, the player tracking data is invaluable for football clubs and coaches looking to boost their own team performance and gain insight into their competing teams, as well as player scouting activities, both here in Japan and internationally.

In addition to the J.League, TRACAB is installed in over 125 arenas and is used in more than 2,000 matches per year by the Swedish Premier Football League, English Premier League, German Bundesliga, Spanish La Liga, and many more sports federations around the world.

Ian Wray, Sports Industry Director for ChyronHego, commented:

Our TRACAB technology spans almost a decade of continued development and deployment in some of the world’s most demanding live sports environments. The J.League deployment illustrates just how versatile TRACAB can be, not only for providing performance data to sports clubs but also as a potential new revenue stream for a variety of stakeholders. It’s exciting to watch this technology mature and grow as the defining standard in live sports tracking worldwide.

For further information on ChyronHego, please visit: www.chyronhego.com

Photo Caption: Japan’s Professional Football League, J.League, rolls out ChyronHego TRACAB™ system.

Soccerex African Forum will address all aspects of player development

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Pepsi, SAFA and Craig Bellamy Foundation are amongst those who will address player development at Soccerex African Forum, 4-5 November, at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

Africa has a rich history of developing stars of the world game and providing life opportunities through football. The Soccerex African Forum will look at how this reputation has been formed with a number of sessions focused on player development in Africa.

On the opening afternoon of the Forum, the Pepsi Football Academy will be hosting an exclusive session focusing on the work done by the facility in providing the most talented and skilled youngsters with the opportunity to progress their career within football. The academy, based in Nigeria, provides a platform for young players to train and play in a disciplined environment whilst ensuring each student acquires skills that exceed football ability alone.

There will also be a presentation titled ‘Developing the Next Generation of Football Talent’ featuring former Sierra Leone coach, Johnny McKinstry, CEO of SAFA Development Agency Dr. Robin Peterson and ASEC Mimosas General Manager Benoit You.

Appointed in January 2010, McKinstry is the Academy Manager of the Craig Bellamy Foundation, Sierra Leone’s only full-time elite football academy. McKinstry has previously been named ‘UK Grassroots Coach of the Year’ by Manchester United FC for his work within the football industry and his expertise in ‘Outstanding Team Motivation’. The former Pre-Academy Coach at New York Red Bulls between 2007 and 2009 also worked at the Right to Dream Academy based in Ghana which has been voted amongst the top 15 academies in world football by Bleacher Report.

Upon Dr. Peterson’s appointment to the role of CEO of SAFA Development Agency in 2012, SAFA President Kirsten Nematandani declared that Peterson would be taking responsibility for driving SAFA’s vision to be consistently in the top three sides in Africa and the top 20 in the world by 2022. Having previously worked on a SAFA World Cup bid as well as being CEO of Premier Soccer League at the start of the century, Peterson is a well qualified appointment and will bring great experience to the panel.

As General Manager of ASEC Mimosas since June 2011, Benoît You is in charge of carrying out the club’s strategy as defined by the administrative board, heads the management team and oversees all financial and commercial aspects within the club. ASEC have an impressive history of player development and can boast the likes of Yaya Toure, Gervinho, Salomon Kalou and Emmanuel Eboue amongst their alumni.

Soccerex CEO Duncan Revie said:

It is very exciting to have some of the most influential figures in African player development presenting at our African Forum. The work that has been done by Johnny, Robin and Benoit as well as the Pepsi Academy has been instrumental in enhancing the growth of youngsters across the continent and I have no doubt the presentations will provide some excellent insight into the world of talent development.