The English Premier League (EPL), the country's top-tier men's soccer competition, has announced a partnership with sports-focused technology and data analytics firm Kitman Labs.
Kitman Labs will provide the academies of all clubs in the PL and the three lower-tier English Football League competitions, with a centralized data platform.
This “Football Intelligence Platform” will collect data including player statistics, injury numbers, coaching metrics, and more, effectively collating data from every facet of a soccer club’s operation into one place that is accessible in real-time.
The plan aims to enhance the development of youth talent coming from English clubs’ youth academies by providing club data from the top level to the individual player level.
Tony Scholes, the Premier League’s chief football officer, stated: “The EPPP aims to create unrivaled development environments where every young person is supported to maximize their potential on and off the pitch.”
Scholes continued: “This partnership represents a significant development in how clubs and the Premier League can use data to support elite player development and personal growth across all club academies. Through this first-of-its-kind strategic partnership, we and our clubs will have access to world-leading technology and support, equipping us with the tools and knowledge to help the development of players.”
Kitman Labs has a track record of partnerships with elite-level sporting institutions in soccer or otherwise.
The service already works with Premier League sides Chelsea and Aston Villa, as well as teams in the top tier leagues of Germany (Bayer 04), Denmark (FC Midtjylland), and the United States (Toronto FC, Colombus Crew).
It has also worked with a number of rugby teams comprising both club sides and international teams including South Africa Rugby and the English Rugby Union.
The partnership is the latest in a string of tie-ups for the PL, most recently the league partnered with international sports data and technology company Genius Sports to enhance the live broadcasts with in-game statistics in the PL’s in-house media arm.