Football, a sport deeply etched in the global consciousness, is gearing for a technological leap that could redefine the game. The UEFA European Football Championship 2024, to be held in Germany, will bear witness to an innovation that marries the physical prowess of athletes with the precision of technology. A specially designed football with an embedded microchip, paired with advanced limb-tracking technology, is set to revolutionize the sport.
Advancing the Game with Tech
The heart of this development is the integration of a microchip into the match ball. This, when combined with the cutting-edge limb-tracking technology, will enable the creation of real-time three-dimensional images of a player's body. The objective? To enhance the accuracy and speed of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system, particularly in determining handball incidents during matches.
Atos at the Helm
Driving this technological push is Atos, the official IT partner of UEFA National Team Football until 2030. Atos will be responsible for managing core IT planning and operations systems integral to the successful delivery of the tournament. The IT firm will manage the football service platform, which stores and distributes key data including fixtures, results, line-ups, live match events, standings, statistics, player status, and ranking.
Shaping the Future of Football
The introduction of this technology at the UEFA EURO 2024, scheduled from June 14 to July 24, 2024, in Germany, is a testament to the sport's adaptability and willingness to embrace innovation. The move is expected to improve the experience for all stakeholders, from the fans to the media and everyone involved in the tournament. It is a game-changer, set to herald a new era in football, where the precision of technology complements the inherent unpredictability and passion of the sport.