Players, coaches, referees and delegates involved at the forthcoming Women’s EHF EURO 2020 will continue to benefit from technology in the pursuit of analytical perfection.
Thanks to two EHF partners, a wealth of powerful information will be at the fingertips of players and officials to help improve and analyse performance.
Following the signing of a four-year contract prior to this year’s Men’s EHF EURO 2020, technology partner KINEXON will provide an all-new handball experience.
KINEXON’s data will be used for the very first time at a Women’s EHF EURO, with player and referee tracking, while iBall technology from partners SELECT give a complete 360-degree data overview of elite level handball.
From speed, to covered distances to pass statistics, teams, coaches and players will get insight into their performance data. Based on the information, performance can be analysed and improved for the future, with the hope that injuries could also be reduced.
Collating statistics from the EHF’s flagship event are essential in order for further scientific study to help improve analysis of performance.
KINEXON data from the Men’s EHF EURO 2020 has already been used in such a way. The EHF Methods Commission appointed a team including EHF Competition Commission member Carmen Manchado from the University of Alicante, to analyse the raw player tracking data gathered at men’s championships.
The scientifically valid results from this analysis, first presented by Manchado at the recent EHF Conference for Secretaries General, can help the teams involved to develop new strategies, effective methods and specific programs in their training.
Channelling the genius of the Digital Scoresheet
It would not be an EHF EURO without the Digital Scoresheet.
The Digital Scoresheet, provided by Max System, will make its third appearance at a Women’s EHF EURO, having already been in use at the tournaments in Sweden in 2016 and in 2018 in France.
The scoresheet has since proven to be a huge hit with teams, coaches, referees and delegates, who will all be able to access key information from every match at this year’s tournament at the touch of a button.
The innovative tool, which is free and available for federations and officials to access, is also available to download and use as an app. Once logged in, users can see the usual general information, including goals, suspensions, cards and saves.
The scoresheet’s development also enables users to tag the game live for their own analytical purposes, where the specific moments in real time can be tagged and noted. Those logged in can also leave comments, which can be added to the scoresheet’s database and which can be used at a later date for further use, including performance evaluation.
Real-time tagging can benefit teams during live matches – coaches now have ready-made video analysis in the palm of their hands at half-time to highlight bad defending or pinpoint weaknesses in the opposition to exploit in the second half.
With data from both KINEXON and the Digital Scoresheet, the teams competing at the Women’s EHF EURO 2020 could not be better prepared. At that all means fans can look forward to a hugely competitive three weeks of action on the court.