The European Handball Federation (EHF) will introduce player and ball tracking at its showcase club event, the Velux EHF Final4, taking place on 1-2 June in Cologne.
German tracking and analytics company Kinexon will supply the player tracking technology to provide more insights into the matches for spectators and enhance the EHF’s match data. The player tracking will combine with the ball tracking technology from Select iBall first used at the 2018 event.
Players competing for each of the four finalists – Barça Lassa, HC Vardar, Telekom Veszprém HC, PGE VIVE Kielce – will be fitted with jersey sensors allowing fans, coaches and players to see player running distances, playing time, fastest sprints, highest jumps and fastest goalkeeper saves.
Some of the match information will be delivered to spectators in Cologne’s Lanxess arena and to social media and television audiences, but the EHF said the majority would be retained exclusively for the official Velux EHF Final4 App. The match data will also be made available to the teams so that they can examine their performances.
David Szlezak, managing director of EHF marketing said: “The introduction of player tracking technology is the next step on our digital journey as we seek to enhance the game for audiences both at home and in the arena. However, we remain consistent in our belief that handball – the sport itself – remains at the core of our offering. In addition, data is what fans are asking for and we see this as a key investment in the future of the game.”
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