Starting at the FIFA Club World Cup 2021™ in Abu Dhabi, FIFA’s Technical Study Group (TSG) were tasked with selecting the Man of the Match. A team of analysts monitors, tracked and coded the performance of every player, noting a player’s movement, with and without the ball, how many times they break through lines of defence, and how much pressure they put on opposition ball carriers.
This analysis meant that over 15,000 data points are collected per game. The vision of Arsène Wenger is for such data to be used to increase and develop the understanding of the game for team analysts, coaches, players and the media, as well as to improve the overall fan experience.
Analysts used the new FIFA Football Language, which has been over two years in the making. It provides an open resource for coaches and players all across the world, aligning technical expertise and developing all levels of the game. The insights were later used at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ to better understand trends at the very top of the game.