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Hello Reader,
While the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 are taking their summer break, the fixture schedules for the coming season 2023-24 will be announced this Friday – so today is a great day to publish our latest Focus: Tomorrow newsletter. This is what we have in store for you:

For the first time a Bundesliga 2 match was produced in an entirely cloud-based, digital, remote setting. Watch our video about the trial. Also in this issue: The North-American Major League Soccer (MLS) bets on data processing expertise made in Germany, while the Virtual Bundesliga has a new German individual champion, Antonio Radelja from Eintracht Frankfurt.

Have fun reading today’s newsletter!
Yours – DFL Innovations Team
Cloud-based remote production tested successfully
Proof-of-concept trial in Bundesliga 2

For the first time, a fully cloud-based, digital, remote production was demonstrated in real life capturing a Bundesliga 2 match. Some of the production staff worked at a TVN studio in Hanover instead of the stadium. This opens up new opportunities to streamline production processes and reduce resource consumption.
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Major League Soccer to benefit from Bundesliga data expertise
DFL subsidiary Sportec Solutions signs long-term contract for North America

The cooperation partnership between Major League Soccer (MLS) and Sportec Solutions AG will greatly advance the utilisation of data and statistics during the 2023 MLS season. This includes the use of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning algorithms developed jointly by DFL and Amazon Web Services (AWS) to generate Bundesliga Match Facts.
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Bundesliga Data Shootout
Machine Learning competition on football match data

In a competition on Kaggle, an online platform specialising on Machine Learning competitions, more than 500 participating software developer teams submitted their concepts using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to identify match events during Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 games reliably and automatically. To date, this has been largely a tedious manual process.
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Further innovation topics
Eintracht Frankfurt launches eSports talent academy
The Bundesliga club expands its eSports programme. Its recently-launched “Deutsche Bank Esports Academy” serves as a training facility, competition arena and streaming venue for eSports teams.
Decentraland: VfL Wolfsburg conquers new digital worlds
VfL Wolfsburg has been exploring Blockchain-based technologies for several years. Now the club has created a new Metaverse 3D world called Decentraland.
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VBL Grand Final 2023: Antonio Radelja is individual champion
At the end of the eleventh Virtual Bundesliga (VBL) season, the Eintracht Frankfurt player was victorious in the finale against Berkay Demirci from FC St. Pauli, winning the match 4:2.
The emergence of the VBL on video
German eFootball players are getting better and better, supported by joint efforts of the clubs and the DFL to professionalise the eSport. Our video highlights the Virtual Bundesliga today.
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Bundesliga takes fans closer to the game using AWS applications
Alexander Altenhofen, Director Product & Technology at DFL Digital Sports, explains how the Bundesliga uses AWS applications to enhance the football experience for fans.
DFL inducted into “Sports Technology Hall of Fame”
At the “Sports Technology Awards”, New York, the DFL was one of the first sport leagues globally to be honoured for its long-term commitment to promoting innovation.
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SportsInnovation 2024
SportsInnovation on LinkedIn

The industry event with an international scope will take place again at the Düsseldorf MERKUR SPIEL-ARENA on 20 and 21 March. Follow the announcements on LinkedIn to make sure you won’t miss any important news!
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