According to former England striker Michael Owen, Everton FC are using drone technology to film their training sessions.
In a story that would sound like outlandish science fiction ten short years ago, Owen has said that Toffees boss Roberto Martinez is using state of the art drone technology to get a better view of his team's training sessions at Finch Farm and then later analyzing the recorded footage.
Owen, who has invested in drone technology, said at the Soccerex convention in Manchester this week:
“A good friend of mine introduced me to the drone technology.
“It’s becoming a big thing in football now.
“At Everton’s Finch Farm training ground, Roberto Martinez wants all his tactical sessions filmed from above – you can really see the game from a different perspective.
“Managers always watch games from the sidelines, the dug-out.
“A lot of people wonder why managers go up into the stand during matches on occasions.
“It’s because you can get such a better picture tactically where your men are, and how things are going.
“Well, you go one step further with a drone, a lot of teams now are using this drone technology now to go up and film training sessions so you then can show a player ‘you’re in this position, you should be covering'.”
Owen added: “I would suggest Everton are paying by the hour but I don’t think they’re missing the money too much!
“It’s a great way of watching football, mainly tactically, to envisage where your players should be and where they’re going.
“Down at Dragon Park [the Welsh FA headquarters] where we’ve been doing a lot of stuff with the Welsh FA, people like Thierry Henry have been really using it to go and pass their pro license.”
Welcome to football in 21st Century folks.