There’s a constant buzz in the air. Down on the training pitch in the Austrian town of Bad Häring, the Augsburg players are sweating in the heat.
Ahead of the start of the new Bundesliga season, coach Martin Schmidt is practicing tactical formations, analyzed from above by a camera drone. After the session, the Swiss coach will use the images to show his players any positional errors.
And he’s not the only one, with Bundesliga coaching teams increasingly turning to aerial drone analysis. Last season, Werder Bremen even found themselves in hot water after using a drone to spy on opponents Hoffenheim …
Big data – flexible data
The drones themselves, however, only provide the camera angle. The actual data processing is much more detailed.
“It’s possible to determine each player’s spatial control values in less than seven seconds,” explains Professor Daniel Memmert from the German Sports University in Cologne. “A traditional, manual analysis, on