In a bid to improve their chances at the upcoming football World Cup, the Dutch national team, who are ranked 15th in the world, are using Google Glass and Oculus Rift headsets to improve their performances.
The team, who are managed Louis van Gaal, will be able to re-live situations in virtual-reality, while coaching staff will be able to see static information as they use the technology during the build-up to the competition.
Google Glass recordings will allow Vann Gaal, who is hotly tipped to take over the manager’s job at Manchester United, and his deputies to have an insight into each player’s movements and other actions on the pitch.
It could allow them to see which players are being the most effective and substitute those that aren’t pulling their weight.
The team will also be using the Facebook-owned Oculus Rift virtual reality headset where they can re-live simulations of a game or training situations.
This will include being able to look back at specific actions and experience it from a different perspective – which may be beneficial after the county’s first game of the tournament, which sees them up against reigning champions Spain.
If the technology proves useful to the team, who are outsiders for the competition, then Van Gaal could potentially bring the tech to the training ground when he takes over at Manchester United.
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However the Dutch boss won’t be the first in football to use Glass as a coaching device.
Athletico Madrid’s assistant coach German Burgos was posted using the glasses with an application in a match at the beginning of April.
The app which is being used has been built alongside with Spanish footballing authorities.
It shows managers who decide to use it real-time statistics so they are able to monitor their team and the opposition during a match.
Screen shots of the app released by the top-flight Spanish league ‘La Liga’ appear to show the app presenting stats on possession, passes, shots, the number of bookings and more.
Max Reckers the chief analyst at the Dutch football authority, KNVB, praised the technology and said it will hopefully help the national team at the World Cup.
“Louis van Gaal is known for his progressive approach. That mindset allows us to go further than other teams,” he said. “The deployment of Google Glass and Oculus Rift give us that desired lead.”
The Dutch team’s integration with the technology has been developed technology company Triple IT.
Commercial director Ben van der Burg said it will help players to learn from their mistakes faster.
Images courtesy of Triple IT