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Club Atlético Vélez Sársfield to use STATS’ SportVU Player Tracking Technology for Next Generation Player and Team Analysis; STATS announces expansion of its Global Network with New Operation based in South America

Buenos Aires, Argentina – May 20, 2013

STATS LLC, the global leader in sports information and technology, announced today that Club Atlético Vélez Sársfield will use the firm's innovative SportVU player tracking technology that produces high-end football data in real-time for the most in-depth level of scouting and coaching analysis.

STATS’ collaboration with Club Atlético Vélez Sársfield is a key milestone in the launch of its new data collection and sales office in South America. “STATS is proud to extend its global network to Argentina and we could not be more excited that Club Atlético Vélez Sársfield, one of the most prestigious clubs in the world, will be our first SportVU partner in the region,” said Gary Walrath, CEO at STATS.

SportVU utilizes a sophisticated technology to collect X, Y positioning data of the ball and participants (players and referees) within the playing field in real time. The technology is used by FIFA, UEFA, TV Globo and a host of flagship European soccer teams in addition to 15 NBA teams.

SportVU offers powerful lineup of unique performance data and analysis points, highlighting among other things speed profiles, accumulated distances, fatigue, fitness graphs and coverage maps. These player and team based insights allow Club Atlético Vélez Sársfield to measure performance data during matches and training sessions, providing the club a distinct advantage over its competition.

Nestor Bonillo, the lead fitness coach for Club Vélez commented: "We have several objectives to working with STATS’ SportVU. The primary is to know in detail what happens in a professional soccer game from the physical point of view, such as distances, speeds, accelerations, decelerations, increases or decreases over time efforts, corroborate the physical and technical efficiency with our players. That same lens moves to the other categories of club football. The second objective is to develop more efficient workouts, which will enhance the performance of our players. Upon concluding our market research we decided to create an agreement with STATS, for the versatility of the product. Another key is STATS’ ability to make changes to the information according to our needs.”

Fernando Martinez, Managing Director of STATS South America, also commented: “With their investment in our SportVU system, Vélez will enjoy the unique ability to view instant displays of statistical performance data and analysis live on the pitch. They will be able to further refine their strategies and training methods as they continue to compete at the highest level in the world.”


STATS is the world's leading sports technology, data and content company. Our mission is to revolutionize the way sports contests are viewed, understood, played and enjoyed. STATS provides real-time scores, historical sports information, Associated Press editorial content, a turnkey fantasy sports operation, brand activation solutions and SportVU technology. STATS is headquartered in Chicago, IL with offices globally.