Youth academy league partners with sports analytics company to enhance player development
Today CAF and Best Athletes Ltd. announced a new partnership that will bring together the Canadian Academy Of Futbol with a new sports analytics platform that allows the league, it’s coaches and players to tap into professional-level data tools and performance development analytics.
“We are committed to improving the soccer culture in Canada and create a clear pathway for players to excel in the pyramid of play” said Ram Mustafa, a principal with CAF. “A clear goal for CAF is to aid athletes in fulfilling their aspirations and that’s why we’re excited to partner with Best Athletes as the official coach and player management platform for CAF.”
Ontario based Best Athletes was created to address the gap in athlete performance development by allowing coaches and players to use data science and analytics to benchmark performance and better understand the pathway to University/College opportunities and elite team participation.
Steven Caldwell, CEO of Best Athletes and current TSN Soccer Analyst and former captain of Toronto FC notes “We’re thrilled with our partnership with CAF as we provide our leading sports analytics & video technology platform to help CAF, their Coaches and Players. We’re solving a real player development problem – something that I’ve experienced as a soccer parent and also in my playing and coaching careers.”
CAF will use the platform to monitor development and access performance metrics across all athletes on their teams. Coaches will leverage the data to enhance their in-game and training strategies while players will access pro-level data tools to maximize development and take control of their future for recruitment and performance goals.
The two year agreement applies to all CAF athletes and coaches as the league returns to play for their 2021/22 indoor season. CAF’s indoor season will begin on November 13.
About Canadian Academy of Futbol
The Canadian Academy of Futbol was founded in January of 2012 by a group of forward thinking individuals from within the Canadian soccer community. Their vision was to provide a superior soccer environment for Canadian youth to learn and excel with the world’s most popular sport. That desire to improve the soccer culture in Canada led to the creation of CAF.
CAF is a long-term development structure that provides promising players with a clear path for excelling in the pyramid of play with the peak of this pyramid being to play professionally or at the Canadian or American University/College level. CAF supports player’s aspirations through top-level instruction, organization and competition.