RFID tags for sports

- Nov 26, 2018-

Recently, the National Football League (NFL) installed radio frequency identification (RFID) tags on the shoulder pads of rugby players. Through the label, both the audience and the referee can understand the athlete's trajectory and movement status. In fact, RFID tags have been used in many sports.


The NFL's tag for athletes includes a motion sensor that allows the viewer to visualize the athlete's speed and acceleration to understand the impact of the collision: these data will make the game more exciting.

The trajectory allows the referee to better judge whether the player is fouled. Rugby has strict rules for player positions and there are also offside rules. The previous method of judging is judged by the camera and the human eye, but now the position of the athlete can be seen directly from the computer. Through the software, the computer can even directly prompt the referee athlete whether to foul.

Vishal Shah, vice president of media strategy at NFL, said: "Zebra's tracking technology can help the team further optimize the training content, and then assign a more reasonable offensive route and transportation trajectory according to each player's ability. Finally, our team and sponsors. Building a bridge of communication with the fans."


The TopGolf golf course in Texas uses RFID technology to display player performance in real time. The solution uses passive EPC Gen 2 Ultra High Frequency (UHF) RFID technology to measure the distance the ball moves while recording a score for each player. The tag tracks 200,000 golf balls, which includes 548 ball points.

Since the golf course covers a wide area, it is difficult for the athlete's ball to know the position immediately after landing, let alone let the audience see the movement track. However, after the RFID tag is installed in the golf ball, the audience and the athlete can see the movement track of the ball in real time, and can find the place of the drop immediately. Through the motion sensor, people can also understand the strength of the athletes to hit the ball.

Track and field competition

In 1994, the marathon in Berlin was preceded by the RIFD of Champion Chip. The athletes had electronic tags with personal information. By setting the starting point and the ending point, the organizer could collect information through the data collection point. Since then, various road races, ski races, and decathlons have used such technology, and timing efficiency can be greatly improved.

At present, the high-altitude track and field competition uses a laser range finder to measure the distance, but it is still necessary for the referee to judge the first place at the moment the throwing object falls, or there will be human error. If an RFID tag and an acceleration sensor are implanted in a shot, a javelin, etc., the system can determine the drop point in the first time.

In addition, RFID technology has a good application in various ball games, but it requires a lot of investment in the operation of such technologies. For golf, the stadium must have multiple data collection points installed. How to charge these sports equipment is also a problem if a sensor is to be installed. Many people make RFID technology anti-lost, but it is undeniable that this technology has found a better way out in the sports world.