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Premier League fixture this weekend will feature bodycam footage

Premier League fixture this weekend will feature bodycam footage

Bodycams were used in the Premier League's pre-season tournaments and will now be making a return.

The Premier League have selected a first game this season to feature bodycam footage.

In the summer, a friendly between Aston Villa and Newcastle saw bodycams trialled at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

The two sides played out a 3-3 draw in the Premier League 'Summer Series', with both Youri Tielemans and Bruno Guimaraes wearing the small cameras on their chest area.

The footage was then shared online on the Premier League YouTube channel and accrued 4.8 million views across both videos.

Viewers were given a fascinating insight into just how intense elite-level football is.

The next step happens this weekend as according to the Daily Mail, the cameras will be deployed for Spurs' trip to Wolves at Molineux.

However, unfortunately, they will not be used in the fixture itself as IFAB rules do not approve the use of the technology in competitive games.

Image: Getty
Image: Getty

The arrangement agreed, however, is for the warm-ups to be captured. Footage from the pre-match will be broadcasted immediately on TNT Sports, who are showing the 12:30 kick-off.

They have an agreement with the Premier League and an alternative look at pre-match preparations should prove to be a fine addition to their coverage.

The AI-powered bodycams have been created by 2021 start-up company MindFly and are then attached to "ultralight" GPS vests underneath jerseys.

A small hole is cut in the chest area of the shirt and the shatterproof cameras take around two minutes to be wired and installed.

Image: Getty
Image: Getty

"Finding new ways to bring our fans closer to the action on the pitch is a key focus for us," Premier League Head of Media Operations and Innovation, Rachael Nightingale, said.

"After the success of the bodycam trials at the Premier League Summer Series, we are looking forward to seeing what results this test will deliver for TNT and our audiences around the world."

It is not the first time the body camera has been used in 2023, albeit using a different model to MindFly. Back in February, Vitaly Janelt used the equipment during the warm-up of his side's clash with Bournemouth, while Moises Caicedo emerged from the tunnel for Brighton's fixture with Manchester United back in May with the camera.

The Merseyside derby in the WSL back in March saw two players involved in the warm-up, while MindFly did capture Scott Carson's actions during the Premier League trophy lift earlier this year.

Featured Image Credit: Getty & Premier League

Topics: Premier League, Aston Villa, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Tottenham Hotspur, Youri Tielemans