Bangladesh women’s football team stepped into a new era this week by using Global Positioning System (GPS) technology during their practice session at the BFF Artificial Turf ahead of AFC Under-16 Women’s Championship qualifiers in Myanmar from February 27 to March 3.
A total of 25 female players from Under-16 and Under-19 teams started using this technology since Sunday, said Bangladesh women’s team head coach Golam Rabbani Choton.
Choton said in the past he analysed the players’ work rate on the basis of assumption but the availability of GPS technology would now help him get a proper reading about the players’ work.
This will be for the first time any level of national players would use the GPS technology, though club like Arambagh KS and Saif Sporting Club were using the performance-based GPS devices from the last season to gather more information about their players.
Choton said that the GPS system would help him do a proper analysis of players’ stamina of running, speed, the force of action, pulse rate and heartbeat rate during their practice.
‘We are happy as we have started using GPS system before the busy schedule in the three upcoming tournaments. I hope, with this they [girls] will be benefited,’ Choton added.
Bangladesh women’s footballers will participate in the SAFF Women’s Championship in Nepal from March 12 to 22 before the Bangamata Under-19 Women’s International Gold Cup football in Dhaka in April.
BFF technical and strategic director Paul Smalley informed they would gradually be using the GPS devices for all age-group and senior national teams, including the women’s national team.
‘The BFF has 40 individual computerised pods, vests, belts and the necessary software [to analysis the data]. The system will be used for all international teams of the federation. At present the women and senior men’s team will share the system,’ Smalley told reporters.
Describing the use of GPS system, Smalley said, ‘At present, the women are piloting the system. The system would monitor the players’ physical output during training and games. We can draw such data from the system to aid the physiological development of the players.’
Under a scheme of the AFC president Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa, BFF recently received 40 GPS systems after national coach Jamie Day sought such devices to measure the players’ movement, stamina, agility.
Custom authorities released the devices earlier this month, enabling the women’s football team to make its first use. They also used it on Sunday in a 70-minute competitive match.
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