Athletes use social media for better or for worse
Sports players and fans are no different – they have as strong opinions as anyone and often have the popularity to influence very widely.
This new camera designed by Pixellot, and co-developed with the Barça Innovation Hub, is a lightweight camera which can monitor and record matches in any facility.
Barça Academy and grassroots football now have access to a new technology that can more comprehensively monitor their teams’ sporting activities thanks to the launch of Pixellot Air, a new portable camera that can be used at any football ground or sports centre to automatically record games and training sessions and obtain detailed technical data and information about the activities being done.
For the last three years, Pixellot has been supplying FC Barcelona with automated cameras fitted at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper training ground and inside the Estadi Johan Cruyff. They are used to record all sports activities and use Artificial Intelligence to track different game situations based on player and ball movements and can be used to instantaneously put together highlight reels of whatever actions are pre-selected by the analysts.
This new camera expands on this tracking and analysis to all games and training sessions, both on and off the club facilities. The device is a lightweight solution that consists of a camera device that can record more than 12 hours of play and functions automatically without the need for a camera operator, electricity, or internet connection. The recording includes instant coding and tagging to obtain match data, heat maps and breakdowns by plays, just like the fixed cameras installed at the Ciutat Esportiva and Estadi Johan Cruyff.
The system is particularly designed for grassroots and amateur football, which in FC Barcelona’s case means the Barça Academies and potentially the different teams in its youth system.
The camera will be available for the 44 Barça Academies around the world to record all of their sporting activities and the detailed analyses will be useful for assessing how the Barça methodology is being applied. The youth teams at the club itself will be able to complement the information it is already generating with details from matches played away from the Ciutat Esportiva and Estadi Johan Cruyff.
Although there are several studies on this topic, many of them have analyzed these demands by looking at just a few variables or using very broad timeframes. A new study completed by physical trainers from F.C. Barcelona has analyzed several of these details more closely.
The understanding of the modifying variables of the game, based on the degrees of freedom.
Sports Analytics has grown exponentially thanks to IT sciences and it also encompasses other subareas (e.g. sports sciences, behavior sciences, medicine or data visualization) in addition to statistics with a focus that is more tactical and sports performance related.