With the European football season beginning to reach its climax (you knew that, right?), we’re hearing that FIFA — the global organization that controls the game — is starting to embrace wearable technology.
A group called the International Football Association Board has approved the idea of using wearables in game situations, as long as the data isn’t made available to the sidelines during a game. (A “football association” is a league. The best American analogue would be that the National League is an “association,” and FIFA would be the organization that oversees baseball around the world.)
The next step is for FIFA to set standards and regulations, which will likely take a while before you see this technology on a game-day pitch.