This robot dog can play soccer on grass, mud and sand

Here’s a fun challenge: teaching a quadrupedal robot to successfully dribble a soccer ball. It is, in essence, a core component of RoboCup, the big international competition founded all the way back

Google is launching cross-platform features to make it easier to follow the FIFA World Cup

Google is rolling out a bunch of updates across platforms making it easier for fans to follow the FIFA World Cup starting November 20. These include a daily highlights video from TV networks, customiz

Watch two Mini Cheetah robots square off on the soccer field

Some robotics challenges have immediately clear applications. Others are more focused on helping systems solve broader challenges. Teaching small robots to play soccer against one another fits firmly

Draftea kicks off LatAm fantasy football with NFL partnership, fresh funding

Draftea, which calls itself the first daily fantasy sports company in Spanish-speaking Latin America, is taking fantasy football (not fútbol) to the region in a new partnership with the National Foot

FIFA gets into the streaming business with the new soccer platform FIFA+

Looks like FIFA will be another streaming rival for sports associations and services alike. Launching today, Tuesday, April 12, FIFA+ is a free, ad-supported platform that will release as an app (iOS

Eksab gets $3M to scale its fantasy football platform across MENA and Africa

Football (or soccer, as it’s commonly called in the U.S.) is the most popular and watched sport globally, with over 5 billion fans according to its apex governing body, FIFA. While the World Cup

Masters, an app for training with celeb athletes, closes a $2.7M seed funding round

It’s now 2022 and there are many, many apps out there that allow you to do cardio or build muscle by taking classes inside smartphone apps. We are all familiar with the success of platforms like Pel

FanDuel founder and Sequoia bet on Spanish-language fantasy sports app Draftea

Founder Alán Jaime Misrahi grew up devoted to soccer, eventually playing in Mexico’s third division. While he didn’t necessarily make it to the “big leagues” playing the sport, his new co

Gloria brings international soccer scouting into the 21st century

Lionel Messi, who’s still arguably the greatest soccer player in the world, signed his first contract with FC Barcelona when he was thirteen years old. Although he grew up in a small town in cen

Zone7 raises $2.5 million seed round to predict injury risk for athletes

Zone7, the company using data and analytics to identify the potential for injuries with athletes, has raised $2.5 million in seed funding. The company monitors athletes’ performance to determine

Football matches land on your table thanks to augmented reality

It's World Cup season, so that means that even articles about machine learning have to have a football angle. Today's concession to the beautiful game is a system that takes 2D videos of matches and r

Spanish soccer app caught using microphone and GPS to snoop

If you’ve ever found yourself wondering why an app is requesting microphone access when there doesn’t seem to be any logical reason why it should need to snoop on the sounds from your surr

Onefootball has quietly raised a Series C round and added Adidas as an investor

Onefootball founder and CEO Lucas von Cranach, whose popular football app now has 25 million fans in 200 countries around the world, confirmed on stage today at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin 2017 that his

LiveLike will now let you watch sports with your Facebook friends in VR

LiveLike, the service that partners with sports broadcasters to create and host their VR viewing experiences, is going social. LiveLike's VR experience is a "virtual suite" overlooking the field, wher

Facebook scores a deal to live stream Major League Soccer matches

Facebook has scored a significant deal that will allow it to stream at least 22 live Major League Soccer matches on its social network. Through a collaboration with both MLS and Univision Deportes, Fa

Soccer fans can watch the MLS Cup live in VR tonight

Sure, it’s sometimes tough being a soccer fan in America. For instance, the MLS Cup (the championship game for the major soccer league in America) hasn’t even been broadcast live on an Eng

A Chinese streaming service will reportedly pay $700M to broadcast the English Premier League

Chinese money is set to pour into the English Premiership football league after PPTV, an online streaming platform in China, agreed to a three-year deal to broadcast matches between 2019-2022.

Zepp’s newest sensor (slide) tackles soccer

Slowly but surely, the Zepp Labs is taking on every sport known to humankind. And the latest is a biggie. The company is set to start shipping Zepp Play Soccer tomorrow here in the States (hence the n

There’s an online soccer game used to fight gender based violence

The online game BREAKAWAY culminates with a girl being abducted, forced into a locker and left there after continual bullying and abuse. But the game is not glamorizing gangs, instead it's trying to t

West Ham becomes first English Premiership football club to sign an e-sports player

West Ham United has become the first football team in the U.K. to embrace e-sports after the club signed pro gamer and World Cup runner-up Sean Allen, aka Dragonn.
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