Raising the game for Premier League referees

Developing mobile solutions to make it faster for referees to access and analyse match footage.

Intro

Pocketworks has built a unique app to help professional referees both on and off the pitch for Professional Game Match Officials (PGMOL), the group which provides referees across Premier League, English Football League (EFL) and Football Association (FA) competitions.

The world-class app gives referees instant, on-demand access to videos of current and past match clips, including decisions, incidents, and set-pieces to help with pre-match preparation and post-match review.

Why

PGMOL wanted a mobile app to enable referees to access their existing MOAS Video platform on the move. More specifically it should allow them to search and view match footage, enabling them to prepare for games using any device, anywhere.

The Challenge

The PGMOL referees are advised of the next match they will be officiating each Monday. They use the time between then and kick-off to research and view historical incidents for the teams taking part in their next game.

Due to the geographical nature of their job, referees are constantly on the move, travelling to their dedicated Matchdays.  The existing MOAS Match Centre is not responsive on mobile, making it difficult to view the vital content required for referees to prepare diligently for upcoming matches.

Our solution

Our solution was to work closely with the MOAS development team to create bespoke APIs so that we could access the core system functionality and the video library. This allowed us to produce a native app for both iOS and Android, allowing referees to utilise the following the features:

  • Secure, biometric, PEN tested log in
  • View a tailored set of video clips for both teams, to aid peak-performance for referees
  • Bulk or singular download clips for offline viewing
  • Search the entire MOAS database by keywords such as a specific team, player or incident

Client Feedback

“Our users have a challenging lifestyle, often on the move. We wanted to develop a valuable and convenient tool for them to benefit from every day, and it was vital we partnered with a company that got this vision.

“We were scouting for leading expertise and skills, as well as passion for what we wanted to achieve, and we found that in Pocketworks.
The project ran smoothly, the teams collaborated every step of the way and the final app, used by more than 500 match officials and staff across all UK professional leagues, is testament to this.”


Mike Adamson - Head of Systems & Analysis at PGMOL