Technology in Sports and its future

Updated: Dec 1, 2020

Technology is playing a key role in improving multiple aspects of sports. Here is a quick view on some of the impact areas

1. Improving Viewing & On-Screen Experience- Live technology

Hawk Eye

Used in Cricket, Tennis, Football -

Ball tracking technologies using multiple cameras


Used in Cricket

Uses Oscilloscope to track & calculate the frequency, distortions and wavelength of sound waves

Hot Spot

Used in Cricket

Uses infrared imaging system

VAR (Video Assistant Referee)

VAR is being used in Football and has helped in reducing the referee errors related to Goals, Penalties, Red Card decisions and Mistaken identity

Goal Line Technology

Used in Football

It uses a set of high speed cameras focused on the goal to determine the exact location of the football using coordinates

2. Performance Improvement & Analytics


Elo Score

The Elo rating system is a method for calculating the relative skill levels of players in zero sum games such as chess. Many sports now use this framework


uses statistical analysis to analyze baseball records and make determinations about player performance. (ref: Moneyball Movie)



Started by Anil Kumble in partnership with Microsoft. Creates IOT enabled bats which records the key parameters of a player’s performance for live and post match

Adidas miCoach Smart Football

Adidas, has developed IoT powered smart football for German national football team. The IoT sensor has the ability to detect speed, spin, strike and flight path. The app users can see the diagnostics via the smart app.

Wilson’s X Connected

Wilson Sporting Goods developed a smart basketball which has functionality similar to Adidas’ smart soccer ball.

3. Training Support & Tracking- AI Coach, Content, Journals


Social network for runners & cyclists. Connects to all wearables


Run Tracking & Personal record keeping. Connects to all wearables.

Nike Training Club

Digital workouts for Athletes. Also allows logging in nutrition etc.


All in one Health & Fitness platform. Digital

Workouts, Nutritionists & Mental wellness.

4. Talent Scouting- Help identify talent from grassroots


Score keeping & tracking of local matches. Community based approach at grassroot level.

5. Fantasy Sport leagues & e-Sports

Dream 11

Fantasy leagues to simulate actual game


Multi-player Internet based gaming

Online Poker