Sky Sports brings expert Premiership match analysis tools to its iPad app

8 Jan 2013

For the first time, viewers watching live Sky Sports Barclays Premier League matches can access some of the same analysis technology used by Gary Neville and Ed Chamberlin on Ford Monday Night Football.

Sky Sports updated its award-winning iPad app today, with users now having access to on-screen analysis tools used during live football coverage.

The updated app will include formation maps where fans can follow how a team’s shape develops throughout the match, as well as interacting to isolate key formation at key moments.

Player touch maps will let users see which players have the most impact on a match thanks to data showing every touch from every player.

An archive feature will let users assess and compare team and player form with all the data available for previous six Premier League matches, as well as the live watch.

Both the Average Formation Map and Player Touch Map include an adjustable timeline, enabling the user to customise his or her view to a specific period of play, as well as accessing half-time and full-time data. 

Sky Bet is now integrated, too, allowing for quick and easy access to stake a bet on a match.

Greater Premiership match insight


“Since joining Sky Sports this technology has allowed me to get a greater insight into a match,” match expert Gary Neville said.

“Now Sky Sports subscribers can use the data I have at my fingertips, giving them the story behind the result.”

Following its launch last year, the Sky Sports for iPad app has developed to include detailed sports companion experiences for F1, football, rugby and cricket.

“We know that Sky Sports customers really enjoy the data that Ford Monday Night Football uses so we’ve decided to put this in the hands of the fans themselves,” the director of Sky Sports Digital Media David Gibbs explained.

“In the coming months, we’ll have even more updates as we continue to innovate for our customers so that Sky households can enjoy even more from the TV they love,” Gibbs said.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years