Northern Ireland company signs deal with the Chinese Football Association
November 13, 2018
A Northern Ireland based company STATSports has signed a new deal with the Chinese Football Association (CFA) to provide its wearable technology to all national teams within the federation.
China has set a target of getting 50 million people playing the sport by 2020, with the CFA harbouring ambitions to qualify, host and win a World Cup all within the next 30 years. The goals have resulted in significant funds being directed at football in China.
STATsports has described the deal for its APEX wearable player tracking system as “landmark”.
Its GPS products and analysis solutions have made the company a major international player, with a client list that includes teams from the Premier League, La Liga, NFL and NBA. The CFA deal follows major deals earlier this year with the US Soccer and the Brazilian Football confederations.
STATSports’ chief global strategist Jarlath Quinn said: “Chinese football has received a great deal of coverage over the last couple of years and has made significant investments to ensure they can compete at the highest level in years to come.”
President Xi Jinping’s National Football Plan for creating a world-class national teamincludes producing 70,000 pitches and 50,000 coaches by 2020.
With over 800,000 primary schools in China and many hundreds of thousands more secondary schools, Mr Quinn said the business potential is enormous.