Posted on Thursday 29 March 2018 by Ulster Business
A Co Down firm has landed a massive £1bn deal which will see four million footballers using its technology in the US.
STATSports in Newry produces GPS data monitoring, which is already used by some of the world’s biggest football teams – including Manchester United and Liverpool.
Now, it’s signed a fresh deal with the US Soccer Federation. It means four million players will end up using its APEX monitoring devices.
US Soccer director of sport development, Ryan Mooney, said the “technology will drive our support, improve performance, and better monitor health and safety across all of our national teams and our nation’s elite players in the development academy".
"By partnering with a world leader in wearable performance tracking, we will help drive and improve player environments through the exchange of data between clubs and US soccer as players enter and leave national team camps.
"Over time, this information will be used to research, support and educate the entire landscape."
STATSports, group managingdirector Jarlath Quinn, said: "Players, parents and coaches are looking for data that can really help them improve and the APEX Athlete series GPS units do just that.
"Our expectation is for millions of registered players in the US to be wearing these devices by 2022 and this will revolutionise the way young players train, recover and perform.
"This will be the world’s largest data collection programme on athletes in any sport across both professional and recreational levels.
"The information is so rich it enables everyone to make better decisions on training and performance."