Several Premier League clubs are set to start utilizing the database of players used by computer game Football Manager to help scout out talent across the globe.
Everton has been reported to be using the database for a number of years, which delivers highly specific and accurate information about players in a wide range of leagues across the world.
Sports Interactive, the creators of the Football Manager phenomenon, are planning on letting analysis company Prozone use their database in their Prozone Recruiter product, which many clubs will use to scout talent.
The details of players’ contractual, positional and biographical information from Football Manager will be added to Prozone’s existing data, which provides video footage and data of tens of thousands of players from around the globe.
CEO of Prozone Thomas Schmider said: “Prozone Recruiter has been built to supplement the intuition of scouts and coaches by delivering detailed performance information on over 80,000 players worldwide.”
“The Sports Interactive database is a highly accurate and valuable resource that will further enhance the recruitment services that we provide. The integration of Sports Interactive data further establishes Recruiter as the most comprehensive recruitment and asset management platform available.”
Miles Jacobson of Sports Interactive, said:
“For years we’ve heard stories of real-life managers and scouts using our data to help with the recruitment process. From now on, it’s official…real managers around the world will be finding and comparing players using data and a search system that will be very familiar to players of Football Manager.
“The information gathered by our network of more than 1,300 scouts around the world, combined with Prozone’s amazing performance data, makes this an invaluable tool for any football club that takes player recruitment seriously.”
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