New software for coaches within MFA Technical Centre launched

National coaches of both the senior side and at youth level together with the other coaches within the MFA Technical Centre will have new software at their disposal which will make their life easier in collecting data about players, analysing their performance in training and tests. The software was launched during a press conference which was held at the MFA Technical Centre on Saturday.

The team management software, which is web-based for ease of access by coaches, was designed and developed by Web App designer Stefan De Battista and developed by Web App Developer Stefania Cristina.

MFA President Norman Darmanin Demajo said one of the first objectives of the current administration was that of turning the MFA Technical Centre into an open learning centre. The key was to select the right persons, giving them the right environment for them to be creative.

Darmanin Demajo said the appointment of Robert Gatt as Technical Director surpassed his dreams. He said Gatt managed to find the right people to work at the Technical Centre – people who believe we could improve.

The MFA president revealed that next month, the association will launch a business model in order to identify which was the highest level possible the Premier League could reach. On the other hand, as regards the national team, the association believes that the level could improve should more players move abroad to play in foreign leagues.

MFA Technical Director Robert Gatt thanked the President and the Chief Executive Officer for their support and said he is happy with the coaching staff at his disposal.

Gatt said that in past data collected by coaches was not made available for other coaches within the Technical Centre. He said he wanted to change this and for this reason, two persons were identified ten months ago and entrusted with the development of software to manage this data.

The MFA Technical Director went on to explain the features of the software: how to input the data about players, data regarding training sessions, the players’ performance in training sessions and tests, how to generate reports and analyse data and how to enter data for scouting purposes.

Robert Gatt said the software for the time being will be used by coaches within the MFA Technical Centre but eventually it could also be used by clubs and nurseries who are interested in licensing this software. Should the software be used by Premier League clubs, this would help in the standardisation of management of team data.

He said that as regards match analysis, Branko Nisevic (Malta Under-19 and Under-17 coach) will be in charge of the senior side, Under-21, Under-19 and Under-17 matches, Tony Garzia in charge of the Academy and Charles Sciberras in charge of the goalkeepers. The various features of the match analysis software Video Match were explained by Branko Nisevic.

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