August 30, 2020

UEFA and Second Spectrum use technology and data to drive innovation in Women's football

Second Spectrum is honoured to announce its work with UEFA as the tracking and analytics provider for two seasons for the UEFA Women's Champions League (UWCL). The 2019-20 tournament has just completed in Northern Spain, which saw 8 teams competing to become the champions of Europe. Congratulations to Olympique Lyonnais Feminin for winning the final, which was the culmination of the European football calendar for the 2019-20 season.


Second Spectrum formed part of the UEFA Innovation Hub`s 2019 start-up challenge, and has now been appointed as the optical tracking provider for the UEFA Women's Champions League. Second Spectrum operates its state of the art optical tracking system for all matches, delivering data to UEFA and participating clubs. In addition Second Spectrum provides tactical and panoramic video, and access to its revolutionary software platform that uses Second Spectrum tracking data and Second Spectrum AI to deliver the most robust and comprehensive football content available.


With Second Spectrum`s suite of products and services, UEFA will be able to more deeply evaluate and understand the women's game. Participating teams will also benefit by gaining access to the most advanced suite of tactical and physical analysis tools, new game-changing insights, and the ability to further automate their workflows.


Nadine Kessler, UEFA Chief of Women’s Football

"Second Spectrum will help us in raising the bar when it comes to better understanding and improving the women's game at the top level," explains Kessler, "Their technology and state of the art expertise will support us in further professionalising elite women's football, establishing high-level and advanced insights into on-pitch data


Rajiv Maheswaran, Second Spectrum CEO

"W​e are delighted to team up with an elite organization like UEFA to bring together state-of-the-art technology with an exceptional competition like the Women's Champions League to help show how together we can help both improve our understanding of the intricacies of the game and simultaneously move the game forward with the best data and insights that the sport deserves."


About Second Spectrum

Second Spectrum is the world leader in building machines that understand sports. We are the Official Tracking and Analytics Provider of the UEFA Women's Champions League, the English Premier League and Major League Soccer and the Official Optical Tracking Provider of the NBA. In addition, we partner with elite football and basketball clubs, leagues, federations and media organizations around the world, to create tools that help teams save time and discover new insights by making data and video easily accessible and actionable. We help content distributors, automatically create augmented video and interactive, personalized, OTT experiences and we are at the forefront of computer vision, machine learning, big data, augmented reality, and product design. Second Spectrum works with clients around the globe from its five offices in Los Angeles, New York, Lausanne, Manchester, and Shanghai.