The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) has signed an exclusive partnership with Catapult to equip the national team with the most advanced wearable technology in elite sport.
With the evolution of football and the advances of sports science and technology, the monitoring of athlete physical load is a critical area of elite performance management.
One example of this is the average speed of the players during the last two World Cups. In 2010, in South Africa, the average distance covered in a match was 10.5km, with an average maximum velocity of 26.1km/h. In 2014 World Cup, the average distance covered was 10.2km/h but the average maximum velocity reached a record high of 30.3km/h.
Modern football demands excellence and the best possible performance, which has led to the Brazilian Football Confederation signing an agreement with Catapult, an Australian sports technology company that works with over 500 elite teams and institutes worldwide.
The system will be used by the national teams during their training session and will allow the technical staff to monitor and analyse each athlete’s performance.
Fabio Mahseredjian, Brazilian national team Fitness Coach, explains how Catapult system will assist in the preparation of the national team.
“Besides the velocity and distance covered by the athletes, the system also measures accelerations and decelerations, and that’s what football is based upon today,” Mahseredjian said. “As well as the physical parameters, with the data supplied it permits us to understand player movements and understand his tactical behaviour on the pitch.”
Exercise Physiology Doctor of the National Team, Luis Antonio Crescente, strongly supports the importance of Catapult’s technology.
“The system has a tri-accelerometer that quantifies the efforts made by each athlete,” Crescente said. “The GPS provides data on distance covered and velocity values, while the accelerometers can measure the muscular imbalances while running, measures accelerations, changes of direction and number of sprints, therefore it allows to quantify all the physical demands of the athletes. With this information we can provide individual and collective analysis that will allow us to improve our work.”