‘Technical Mastery for a Young Player Is Everything’
The soccer club, which defeated the Portland Timbers in the 2018 MLS Cup and is currently ranked third in the Eastern Conference, has partnered with Tel Aviv-based PlayerMaker to put tracking chips on the cleats of 13- and 14-year-old Atlanta United Academy players. With Atlanta United paving the way for other MLS clubs, they have identified and implemented new innovative methods for using the technology that have not yet been applied by any other team around the world. The academy team will be benchmarking indicators such as pace, pass completion, ball touches (by right/left foot), and passing network across individual positions, comparing like for like against the first team to highlight where special attention is needed. This training technique is only possible through the analysis of the various indicators that the PlayerMaker device highlights and is likely to be mirrored by other clubs worldwide.