Premier League side Burnley FC are set to use artificial intelligence to identify the next generation of football stars, as part of their new partnership with AiSCOUT.
The Lancashire side becomes the first Premier League club to launch an open global talent search, to find players above the age of 14 to join its Category 1 Premier League Academy.
The AiSCOUT mobile app allows anyone to upload their performances and exceptional footballers identified through the app will be invited to attend formal academy trials later in 2021, where they will be provided with the opportunity of joining the youth system at Burnley.
In a world that has been and looks likely to continue to be disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Burnley are able to scout young footballers by getting them to undertake specific football drills that can be carried out within their own location and filmed using a mobile phone.
The drills will be compared against other players using AiSCOUT's artificial intelligence capabilities, which allows scouts to find, analyse, score, rate, benchmark and identify players' technical, athletic, cognitive and psychometric ability.
Alan Pace, the new chairman of Burnley FC, expressed in his first press conference last week his goals of introducing his background in data to the club, as a way of deducing potential talent for the team.
“This is a first opportunity for us to introduce new data-led technologies into the football club and promote Burnley to the wider football world by giving aspirational young players across the world an opportunity," started Pace.
“We look forward to expanding the programme throughout 2021.
“With the pandemic currently leading a suspension of youth football in Lancashire and across the UK, this trial represents an open and inclusive opportunity for football players to complete a set of drills in their own environment that could end with them being scouted by a Premier League club.”
Jon Pepper, Burnley FC Academy Manager added: “We’re delighted to partner with AiSCOUT and this represents an exciting opportunity to expand our academy scouting network beyond Burnley and benefit from cutting edge technology.
“I look forward to welcoming a selection of young players to the Barnfield Training Centre later in the year, assessing the talent on offer and hopefully ending the search by offering a place on our academy to a player with the talent to follow their dreams into the Premier League.”
Darren Peries, Founder & CEO of AiSCOUT said: “This is the first time a Premier League Club will undertake an open, public trial via the AiSCOUT app.
“We’re delighted to be supporting a global talent search with Burnley F.C. and demonstrating the revolutionary capabilities of AiSCOUT.”
Author: Jake Wilkin