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Eredivisie furthers data collection with appointment of Dutch firms

SC Heerenveen v Ajax - Dutch Eredivisie (Photo by Angelo Blankespoor/Soccrates/Getty Images)

The Eredivisie, the top division of Dutch football, has announced that it has teamed up with two Netherlands-based companies to supplement the data collection and sharing from its matches.

On the collection side, specialised camera solutions provider Provispo will install extra cameras at all 18 Eredivisie stadiums. The cameras, when used in conjunction with the company’s automated intelligence systems, are capable of following the movements of every player on the pitch and combining this into a single image.

This technology will be combined with the technology already provided by the tracking data collected by Chyronhego’s TRACAB system and event data from sports data and technology company Stats Perform, the league’s existing data collection partners. 

In addition, the Eredivisie has joined up with Utrecht-based SciSports, which will provide a new central analysis platform combining the data drawn from the three other providers. The platform will allow coaches and analysts to compare tracking data from all three sources in the same place, across all clubs in the division, offering a far more in-depth and comprehensive single view of the data.

In a statement, the Eredivisie said it believes the new initiatives will “further enhance the quality of Dutch football,” adding that fans will also benefit.

Beyond Sports, another of the league’s partners which creates virtual reality models of real games, is working on a new product, GameFace, which the Eredivisie says will allow fans and users to access and utilise the data gathered from games “in a creative way”.