19 Dec 2018

By: Sport Industry Group

Following rule changes allowing small technology devices at pitch side this season, Machester City and SAP have extended their partnership to bring players the latest tactics and insights as they prepare to step onto the pitch.

Using a bespoke version of SAP Challenger Insights, City’s analysts load up tactical plans and opposition insights onto tablets in the lead-up to games, where players consult whilst training at the City Football Academy, in the Etihad Stadium dressing room on a matchday and now on the touchlines as well. 

SAP Challenger Insights, part of the SAP Sports One solution, has been specifically tailored for City’s setup, helps the Club build and plan set-pieces, communicate in-game tactical changes and deliver intuitive up-to-the-minute insights on the opposition using football data feeds.

City’s coaches also use the software as a prompt when substitutes join the action. 

The Club used SAP Challenger Insights throughout last season’s title-winning campaign, but this is the first time that coaches and players will be able to use the mobile app as they step foot on the playing surface.

As part of the partnership, which sees SAP solutions helping the Club operate and perform from the boardroom to the pitch, City becomes amongst the first clubs to turn to real-time tactics and information to get players ready to perform. 

Manchester City skipper, Vincent Kompany, said: “The players love using SAP Challenger Insights; it gets me ready for the game and gives me a greater understanding about the players I’ll be coming up against.”

Sergio Aguero, City’s all-time record goal scorer, added: “SAP Challenger Insights helps bring the coaches’ instructions to life so I have a constant reminder of how we are approaching each different game.”

Bernd Leukert, Member of the Executive Board of SAP SE, Products & Innovation added “The partnership between Manchester City and SAP continues to push the boundaries of what is possible with technology.

“As one of the first teams in the English Premier League to bring data onto the touchlines, the Club can now access the most complete view of an opponent’s setup during a match to optimize training, preparation and performance.”