Zurich (Switzerland), Oct 11 (Canadian-Media): The words of the 1954 FIFA World Cup™-winning head coach Sepp Herberger, "After the game is before the game" ring true in the 21st century both for coaches and players on the pitch and developers and managers of football products and technologies that are an integral part of the games, media reports said.
During the second edition of the annual Football Technology & Innovation Event Week over 150 experts of FIFA's Football Technology Innovation Department came together to exchange ideas and discuss the latest developments from around the world.
These experts convened at the Home of FIFA in Zurich for three workshops over the course of three days between 8 and 10 October. This marked an important milestone for the future development of global standards and technologies in football. In general, the discussions revolved around three key topics: updating the global standards for football products and technologies; improving the current football products and technologies; and broadening access to football products and technologies at different levels of the game.
The first day was devoted to technology providers and manufacturers from various sectors of the football industry, who met to discuss new quality programmes such as the ones for VAR technology, the virtual offside line (VOL) and futsal playing surfaces. The second day was spent by the academic and research institutions' representatives to analyse the impact of research and the improvement of the football experience on the pitch.
The football stakeholders explored the influence of football technologies, on the third day, in particular on the new football-data ecosystem and processing player data in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the next steps in the development of VAR technology.
"For the future development of football products and technologies, it is essential to be attentive to the needs of the different stakeholders and to have a platform where experience and ideas can be exchanged between the stakeholders," said Johannes Holzmüller, the Head of FIFA's Football Technology Innovation Department, being satisfied with the outcome of the workshops and the knowledge transfer that was achieved.