Vieww appointed as VAR technology provider to Portuguese Football Federation Liga 3


Sportec Solutions have announced that Vieww, its subsidiary, has been selected as the VAR technology provider for Liga 3 – the third tier of Portuguese men’s professional football.

Vieww was chosen by the agency and broadcast production group, Mediapro, in its role as service provider of the Portuguese Football Federation.

This is the first time that an approved VAR service has been provided to a major football league at a third-tier level, located anywhere in Europe.

Sportec Solutions – a joint technology venture between Deltatre and DFL – recently  acquired the officiating technology specialist in Vieww through an announcement.

Concurrently, the DFB confirmed that Sportec Solutions will become the new officiating technology provider for the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2, using Vieww technology and solutions from next season (2022/23) onwards. This is in addition to the role Sportec Solutions currently holds as the official data provider to the leagues.

Vieww is delivering a compact VAR service to the league, working with the local service provider and the federation to address the specific technological challenges it has in terms of scale and logistics.

It is an all-in-one solution, comprised of a single lightweight box that allows for the ingestion of up to eight synchronised camera feeds and the implementation of a Virtual Offside Line.

Vieww technology in action.

This allows VAR operations at any stadium with no infrastructure necessary, and can easily be transported, set up and stored, meaning a much more cost-effective infrastructure for smaller leagues, without sacrificing footage quality.

“We know that officiating technology is here to stay – with the sector evolving quickly. However, implementation of that technology is by no means universal, with fans, players, and clubs in leagues around the world unable to benefit from increased refereeing accuracy,” Vieww CEO Matthias Engelhardt said.

“This new deal proves that Sportec Solutions is resourceful and innovative enough to provide full-scale VAR services to the most high-profile leagues in the world, but also agile enough to work with those competitions and federations, across any sport, that requires a streamlined and easy-to-implement solution.”

Vieww is a FIFA-inspected provider of Goal Line technology and Video Assistant Referee, supplying next-generation officiating systems for football and other major sport federations. It utilises advanced smart camera technology, continuously synchronised to a microsecond.

In addition to fully automatic goal detection, all cameras provide 200 HD images per-second for analysis and verification of critical goal area scenes.

DAZN Canada secures exclusive rights to UEFA national team matches

Global sports streaming platform DAZN has announced a multi-year, exclusive rights deal for its Canadian arm to stream the UEFA Nations League, European Qualifiers and International friendlies for the next six years.

The deal will come into effect from June 1 this year and runs until 2028, streaming the following competitions:

  • UEFA Nations League 2022/23, 2024/25, and 2026/27 inc. UEFA Nations League Finals 2023, 2025 and 2027
  • European Qualifiers to UEFA EURO 2024 and UEFA EURO 2028
  • European Qualifiers to 2026 FIFA World Cup
  • International Friendlies
  • Finalissima Match in 2022 and 2024

DAZN Canada currently streams the English Premier League, the UEFA Champions League, Major League Soccer, and other sports including the United States’ Major Football League and various combat sports.

The deal includes a minimum of 57 national team matches between now and 2028 for top European nations including England, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and France.

“We’re excited to bring more soccer to DAZN subscribers in Canada via another package of premium UEFA competitions,” Norm Lem, SVP, DAZN Canada told dazn.com.

“Alongside both UEFA Men’s and Women’s Champions League as well as UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League, this multitude of UEFA National Team matches will give fans an even bigger library of live soccer to enjoy on DAZN in Canada.”

Football Queensland launches FQ Coaches Club Pilot Program

Football Queensland has announced the launch of the FQ Coaches Club, a brand new initiative designed to provide additional support and development opportunities for community coaches.

Upskilling more coaches to give them greater chance of success in local and community clubs is a priority of FQ and football across the country.

“Improving accessibility of coach development opportunities is crucial in order to support the growth of the game, especially at the community level,” FQ General Manager – Football and State Technical Director Gabor Ganczer told Football Queensland

“Coaches play a primary role in shaping the experiences of participants, so the FQ Coaches Club will not only benefit the coaches involved by providing them with an additional level of support but will also ultimately lead to better outcomes for community clubs and players.” 

FQ Club Development Ambassador – Head of Coaching Davide Bertamini echoed Ganczer’s statements.

“The FQ Coaches Club provides a valuable opportunity for community coaches, Club Coach Coordinators and those who have recently completed a C Licence to gain extra advice and support, with a key focus on session design and delivery,” he said to Football Queensland.

“The informal workshop format of the FQ Coaches Club will allow coaches in attendance to be grouped in order to receive tailored guidance based on the age and level of the players they’re coaching.  

“Coach developers from Football Queensland and from various clubs will deliver the FQ Coaches Club sessions in a pilot program across South East Queensland before the program is expanded into regional parts of the state. 

“We look forward to welcoming coaches from across the game to our upcoming sessions which kick off next week.”

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