Technology improving how injuries are reviewed

Football has become faster than ever. Players are expected to push their limits and fight for every ball throughout all matches of any competition. With such high intensity and pace, incidents and collisions between football players are frequent and require exhaustive monitoring.

To support the medical team operating during matches, FIFA has recently introduced a new tool that enables FIFA Medical Officers to simultaneously watch numerous camera angles, on a tablet located pitch side.

With the Medical Tablet, it is possible to quickly switch between different cameras positioned around the stadium, return to any point in the game to review an action, activate the slow-mo mode during replays or when following live. These features are especially useful to spot potential injuries, dangerous tackles or even to check self-injuries. The selected camera angles (up to 8) are chosen among the ones that provide the best possible chance of seeing different types of incidents.

In general, the Medical Tablet allows the Medical staff to be better prepared before intervening for a player treatment as well as to better evaluate after the match for medical analysis.

By supporting medical teams in their mission to make football pitches as safe as possible, the Medical Tablet represents one of the various ways technology helps improving the game through innovation.

Watch Jens Kleinefeld, the General Medical Officer at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland, talk about video replay analysis.