Catapult Advances MatchTracker Capability with Vector Integration, Empowering Teams at All Levels with an All-in-One Video and Data Analytics Platform

For the first time in a single platform, athletes and teams can contextualize performance data with video, creating increased efficiencies, significant time saving and optimizing decision making

Catapult, the global leader in sports technology solutions for professional athletes and teams, announced the coming together of two of its most powerful performance management solutions, MatchTracker video analysis platform with Vector wearables system, to deliver a first of its kind, advanced, all-in-one video and data analytics platform for athletes and teams. For the first time, teams are able to contextualize player-specific performance insights with video footage from practices and games, allowing for deeper tactical analysis, data-backed decision making, and time savings.

Until now, teams have been using separate platforms to analyze athlete data and video footage, requiring them to manually cross-reference the performance data and video clips to gain insights. The integration of Vector’s performance analytics with MatchTracker’s video solution, which was beta tested by MLS team Nashville SC, provides all users throughout a team with a single source of truth for athlete performance that can be customized to their function. It allows teams to contextualize the physical outputs of every phase of play, empowering them to optimize training sessions with more certainty and accuracy than ever before. These workflows are all in a single platform, saving the teams significant amounts of time and powering faster decision making.

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The enhanced MatchTracker functionality transforms a variety of team workflows and unleashes new insights for coaches:

  1. Player performance in context: Coaches can now view video with every player metric for any action, event, or game state. This allows them to better understand individual players’ physical outputs related to their game actions.

  2. Insights for every outcome: The tool automatically connects every event, phase of play, or game state to a variety of player outputs including Max Speed, Intensity, Distance Covered, and Player Load. Now teams can quickly identify players involved in key moments and analyze performance related to their physical outputs.

  3. Unlock GPS positional data: Teams without optical data can now leverage GPS positional data from wearable devices. This allows them to view team positional data on a 2D pitch that is connected to every event to create visualizations, including heatmaps, average positions, trails, and traces.

  4. Comprehensive team insights: Teams can now identify each player’s max intensities and determine the precise physical outputs required to execute coaching strategies and improve training programs. 

“Coaches have more data than ever before, but without context for why and when certain data points occur, they are unable to unleash their potential,” said Catapult CEO Will Lopes. “For the first time ever teams will have the ability to quantify and visualize new aspects of game planning that were previously isolated in silos within their teams.

“This saves coaches critical time and empowers them with insights they’ve never had before. The advanced functionality will dramatically help to streamline workflows, break down team silos, and allow for a more comprehensive view of athlete performance. I can’t wait to see what teams around the world are able to achieve with this technology.”

“We were excited to work closely with Catapult on the initial stages of this integration and testing, and now look forward to implementing the complete package during our upcoming season,” said Oliver Miller-Farrell, Senior Director of Strategy & Analytics at Nashville Soccer Club, who collaborated with Catapult to beta test the new technology. 

The integration of a performance dataset within our video software will give us a new lens of analysis for both games and training sessions, as well as offer us ways to improve the efficiency of our existing workflows across both performance and video departments. It’s an exciting combination of two important information sources that mutually provide context to one another”

MatchTracker now with Vector integration is available to soccer and rugby teams worldwide, and will be available for other sports including American football, basketball, and ice hockey over the next 12 months.

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