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FIU Wins Conference USA Title with the help of SPT’s GPS Tracking

FIU Wins Conference USA Title with the help of SPT’s GPS Tracking

FIU Men’s soccer was trailing the number one team in the nation, down 1-0 in the first 12 minutes off a penalty kick. Marshall, the 2020 defending National Champions, had a tight grip on the Conference USA Championship. But the Panthers did not panic. They stayed poised, and controlled and remembered that this is what they had trained all season for. This is the reason why they were undefeated in C-USA play. For moments like this.

Four minutes later Mauro Bravo tied the game at 1-1 and the Panthers never looked back, adding three more goals to upset the #1 team in the nation and claim the Conference USA regular season title, undefeated. 

We caught up with Head Coach Kyle Russell to share how SPT’s GPS tracking helped FIU become conference champions last year.

SPT has been a fantastic tool for us getting the most out of our team.  We monitor everything our guys do from hydration and sleep to academics and community service. So, of course understanding key data points from matches and trainings is highly important to us. Using SPT gives us a great insight on how to structure our trainings heading into a match and also how to approach recovery on the back end,” said Russell. 

Russel continued to state, “Physical preparation is such an important part of college soccer. Training in an extremely hot and humid region like South Florida, we lean on data from SPT to understand the physical demand of each phase of our training sessions. This way we know we can demand high quality from our players at all times.”

In addition to helping FIU achieve program goals, we also wanted to hear how this technology can help FIU athletes at the next level.

“Many of our players have aspirations to be professional players. GPS data from SPT is a great motivator for our guys who see the metrics pros are able to achieve in matches and push themselves to be able to reach the same numbers. Now the guys have something to chase on the physical side of the game. We’ve noticed their fitness going into each season improve because they have a clear goal in mind that can be measured,” said Russell.

FIU comes into the 2022 Season ranked #19 by United Soccer Coaches and looks to repeat as Conference-USA Champions.