Trusted Reviews is supported by its audience. If you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

Wearable tech could deliver live stats on future Premier League footballers

Wearable technologies could soon play a key role in the beautiful game, delivering live player stats for Premier League clubs, an industry expert has suggested.

Colm McMullan, creator of the popular football stats app FourFourTwo Stats Zone believes it’s absolutely possible players in the Premier League could one day use wearable tech to deliver real-time data.

The radical change would most likely be for the benefit of the clubs as opposed to the supporters, as McMullan says future use of the wearable tech would be primarily to help prevent injury.

“One of the biggest things in football is the amount of time players spend injured,” he said speaking with TrustedReviews. “A more initial role that it could play is improving players general conditioning and physical monitoring so they can prevent injuries than having to deal with them.”

McMullan added, “You spend millions of pounds on them [players] and at times they spend weeks or months sitting on the sidelines not involved.

“I know that’s a big area for clubs and that’s what they are targeting with their use of analytics initially.”

Football often criticised for being slow to adopt emerging technologies, and wearables is no exception.

The NFL recently announced that it was going to introduce wearable technology in-game to deliver real-time performance data to supporters in the stands.

McMullan believes there’s one stumbling block for the same to happen for our version of football, and that’s FIFA. Currently the world football governing body does not permit the use of wearables during games.

Clubs are clearly thinking about wearables outside of a game scenario and US soccer side Seattle Sounders announced this week that it is partnering with analytics company Tableau to track players health and movements on and off the training pitch.

Other sports such as rugby already make use of player tracking wearables to monitor individual player excursion during a game.

Read More: Adidas Smart Ball review

Why trust our journalism?

Founded in 2004, Trusted Reviews exists to give our readers thorough, unbiased and independent advice on what to buy.

Today, we have 9 million users a month around the world, and assess more than 1,000 products a year.

author icon

Editorial independence

Editorial independence means being able to give an unbiased verdict about a product or company, with the avoidance of conflicts of interest. To ensure this is possible, every member of the editorial staff follows a clear code of conduct.

author icon

Professional conduct

We also expect our journalists to follow clear ethical standards in their work. Our staff members must strive for honesty and accuracy in everything they do. We follow the IPSO Editors’ code of practice to underpin these standards.