SocaLoca: Revolutionising talent identification and tournament organising

SocaLoca co-founders Lionel Foy and Sayf Ismail are providing more opportunity for footballers across the world with their innovative platform.

The concept was born in 2016 when the two first met, and now the SocaLoca app is used by national federations in Belize and Cameroon for tournament organising.

There are two main goals of the platform. Equalising talent identification and becoming a hotspot for football tournaments and data.

Foy and Ismail recognised that the pathways for footballers in some countries weren’t as equal as others. Smaller or less resourced countries and continents simply don’t have the infrastructure that the big footballing powers do globally.

The app operates in a similar way to statistics platforms like FotMob or Transfermarkt, where player profiles and stats are collated for fans and other interested parties to view. However, there is also a self-management aspect to it.

Footballers can download the platform and build their own profile, showcasing their achievements, statistics, results and more for anyone to see. This goes from juniors all the way up to seniors.

This gives those players from lesser resourced regions the opportunity to be seen and scouted like any other player, from when they’re first starting out to battling their way up through the footballing pyramid.

Co-founder Arif Sayuti.

While there are concerns around the data-sharing implicit to the platform, measures have been put in place. Players aged between 7 and 12 must be registered by their guardians and have a limit on what information can be displayed on their public profiles.

The global interconnectedness that an app like SocaLoca offers is unlike anything seen in world football to date.

The other side of the platform is its use in tournament organisation. This links in with the player profiles, where players are registered within tournaments and competitions and have their results and statistics linked to their profiles.

SocaLoca’s Competition Management Module has already seen successful use in Uganda, Belize and Cameroon, and can be used by anyone on the platform.

Football Federation Belize is now using the SocaLoca app to organise and run all regional competitions, while Cameroon’s national football academy is now a partner of SocaLoca.

Results and statistics in countries all over the world are now available to recruiters and talent identifiers, making it easier for those who would be otherwise overlooked to get their chance.

Deltatre announces evolution of OTT video player DIVA

Deltatre, the global leader in fan-first experience, has announced an evolution of its industry-leading OTT video player DIVA – as used by BT Sport, NFL Game Pass and other prominent streaming platforms – that allows for simpler integration with a client’s existing technology stack.

For close to 10 years, DIVA has been regarded as a market leading, interactive OTT video player for sport. DIVA empowers rights owners to spark new levels of engagement through an interactive OTT player which supports:

  • Interactive timelines
  • Synchronised data overlays
  • Fan engagement features
  • Monetisation support
  • Multi-camera viewing
  • 360-degree support

The new generation of the DIVA (5.0) player has been built to enable a simplified SDK integration, configuration, and set-up for clients across their apps. In essence, this new offering enables clients to integrate the best-in-class interactivity provided by the DIVA front-end with any existing video workflow.

Deltatre can now serve operators in the market that wish to adopt interactive front-end features whilst retaining their existing Online Video Platform (OVP) – greatly reducing effort-to-market and allowing clients to focus on servicing their users and providing an enjoyable viewing experience.

“Throughout Deltatre’s history we have always looked to evolve our offering in-step with changing consumer behaviour and client demand,” President – Video Experiences, Gilles Mas said.

“Our latest offering helps clients that come to us with established video workflows, but also want the interactive, engaging features that DIVA brings. Together, we can ensure the end-user experiences their favourite sports in the way they want, with the fan fully in control of how they interact with a service.”

To learn more about the evolution of DIVA, click here.

Football West and Healthway launch healthy gaming initiative

Football West and partner Healthway have launched a campaign to promote healthy gaming.

The campaign, which will run on the egaming Switch on Sport website and social media platforms, promotes positive screen-based behaviours.

This includes encouraging gamers to be aware of the number of hours they are playing, getting them to socialise and play sports, as well as respecting opponents.

This is all part of the Think Mental Health Couch to Pitch initiative, which is designed to create opportunities for gamers to participate in football activities in real life, promoting physical activity and active participation.

The campaign will include a series of tiles and web banners which will be shared on the Switch on Sport social media pages and website.

Switch on Sport had over 800 participants in its e-gaming programs and competitions in 2021. So far in 2022, the organisation’s three competitions have attracted around 170 participants.

A Football West survey showed 93% of survey participants identified they were interested in playing in-person football following esports.

Switch On Sport is Football West’s official esports program that currently runs FIFA22 and Rocket League competitions.

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