(CNN)The late-Dutch great Johan Cruyff once said football is a game you play with your brain. But now it’s a game increasingly played out using technology, with the World Cup in Russia set to showcase new ways to help coaches with hand-held devices, while on the pitch officials will be aided by video assistant referees (VAR). Follow @cnnsport Following on from the International Football Association Board’s decision to approve hand-held technologies on the bench, world governing body FIFA is allowing all 32 teams at the tournament to receive real-time support from an analyst throughout the duration of games. “The software and infrastructure FIFA has put in place for the 2018 World Cup allows all teams a stable and secure connection between the match analysts located in the stands to the technical staff on the bench pitch side,” a FIFA spokesperson told CNN in a statement. “By providing this dedicated platform, each team that chooses to use the system will have exactly the same capacity to provide visual and statistical data that can inform in-game decision making throughout the tournament.” Read More Sitting in the media section of stadiums, analysts will be able to track players’ movements from two optical cameras… Read full this story
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