Advancing Football Through Digital Innovation

The Interactive Technologies Institute is set to host a compelling event on January 25 and 26, 2024, at the Colégio dos Jesuítas, University of Madeira, focusing on the theme “Football and Human Development: From Training to Walking Football.” This gathering aims to bring together researchers from diverse fields, including Sports Science, Computer Engineering, and Psychology, for an open debate on the profound influence of digital technologies on football. Additionally, the event will delve into the social and ethical consequences of these technologies on the life and development of football players across their lifespan.

The primary objectives of this event include the launch of two projects funded by the Portuguese Institute of Sport and Youth (IPDJ, I.P.) as part of the National Sports for All Program – Higher Education Institutions: (i) “Walking Football and Healthy Aging: A Perspective on the Portuguese Reality,” and (ii) “Madeira Playing Football: A Football Program for All in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.” Another key goal is to discuss training plans in football and organizational models for player development, utilizing innovative and sustainable solutions through digital technologies.

Throughout the event, discussions will revolve around the potential of digital technologies that address the needs of coaches working in football player development. The discourse will extend beyond coaching, involving the perspectives of managers from key institutions in the Autonomous Region of Madeira in the field of sports, addressing the social and economic aspects of improving work methodologies through the use of digital technologies in the lifelong monitoring and support of football players.

A notable highlight of the discussion is the emphasis on the inclusivity of digital systems in the world of football. In summary, this event aspires to be a catalyst for the advancement of the football industry, promoting research, quality training, and knowledge sharing among participants.

It is important to note that this training is authorized by the Portuguese Institute of Sport and Youth – IPDJ and validated by the Portuguese Football Federation – FPF.

Interested individuals can register for the event through the following link: Registration Link. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to be part of this groundbreaking initiative at the intersection of technology, football, and human development.