The Steering Group of the World Leagues Forum (WLF), the international association of professional football leagues, will meet during SportsInnovation 2018, which will be held at the ESPRIT arena in Düsseldorf on 8 and 9 May 2018. The meeting will address current developments in world football. The programme also includes a visit to SportsInnovation, which is being organized by Messe Düsseldorf in partnership with DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga and will provide insights into the sports technologies of the future.
At the first SportsInnovation event, renowned technology providers will showcase their latest products live and in real time at three specially organized football matches in the ESPRIT arena. The enormous effort going into organising, hosting and producing each of these games, easily exceeds the work put into the production of the Bundesliga’s top games. All Innovation Games will be produced with up to 29 cameras in UHD quality, and state-of-the-art camera systems will be used throughout the stadium – both inside and out. Some of these have been specially designed for this purpose and have never been used before in football production. During the Innovation Games, six teams will face off: the under-17 teams of Fortuna Düsseldorf and Bayer 04 Leverkusen, the under-23 teams of Fortuna Düsseldorf and Borussia Mönchengladbach, and the under-17 teams of 1. FC Köln and MSV Duisburg.
Before, during, and after the Innovation Games, participating companies will come together on two floors of the ESPRIT arena’s boxes and business zones to present their latest technologies through live showcases on the following topics: stadium experience, play and competition, sports analytics, broadcasting, and digital services. Exhibitors at the event will include SAP, “Gold-Sponsor” deltatre, Sony Europe (Switzerland), Dolby Germany, EVS Broadcast Equipment (Belgium), RIEDEL Communications, Kinexon, NeuLion, ChyronHego, and Muso Sports Lighting (USA).
SportsInnovation 2018 is being organised by Messe Düsseldorf in partnership with the DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga. For the DFL Group, the support and overall organisation of the event lies with its subsidiary Sportcast. However, other divisions and subsidiaries of the DFL Group, such as Sportec Solutions, will also be among the exhibitors at SportsInnovation.
“Since its establishment, DFL has been driving innovation, and taking part in the SportsInnovation event is the next logical step in this process,” says Christian Seifert, Chief Executive Officer of DFL. “This event underscores that the courage to embrace technological progress, that is a hallmark of professional football in Germany.”