Nicolas Evans is the Head of Football Research & Standards within FIFA’s Technology Innovation Sub-Divison. He has been at the heart of standards creation, innovation management and the new data ecosystem at FIFA for more than a decade, leading research & validation efforts for new technologies. He is part of a multi-disciplinary team consisting of industry experts, engineers and data scientists that works with more than 150 stakeholders (industry, academia, football clubs/federation) on a daily basis.
The fastest growing area of Nicolas’ work is in the data value chain in football. As data becomes omnipresent, his team is working on validating, standardising and providing guidance for its use to football stakeholders. This involves pre-empting the technology trends, ensuring regulatory compliance for data and technology use as well as dissipating knowledge in form of scientific publications and more digestible user guides.