FIFA has transformed Barcelona’s Camp Nou into a testing ground for new technology.
World football’s governing body, along with a team of experts from the University of Victoria in Australia, carried out tests of new player tracking systems focusing on player positioning and speed.
A 30 x 30 metre square on the Camp Nou pitch, with ten cameras on each side formed the testing ground for 13 data tracking companies, including STATSports, Track160 and Catapult to trial systems which FIFA hopes will eventually work in real games.
The trial was led by the Barca Innovation Hub and the team says the test “consolidates the club's facilities as a testing space, with the aim of turning FC Barcelona into the largest sports experimentation and innovation laboratory in the world.”
Similar tests have been carried out between FIFA and the La Liga champions at the club’s smaller Miniestadi, but moving the latest tests to the Camp Nou allows researchers to trial the systems from bigger stands as well as providing more spaces to test the radio frequency devices used to track movements.